Standing in the Intersection

Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices in Communication Studies

Edited by Karma R. Chávez & Cindy L. Griffin
Foreword by Marsha Houston

Subjects: Communication, Women's Studies, Feminist
Paperback : 9781438444901, 231 pages, November 2012
Hardcover : 9781438444895, 231 pages, November 2012

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Table of contents

Foreword: Difficult Dialogues: Intersectionality as Lived Experience
Marsha Houston
Introduction: Standing at the Intersections of Feminisms, Intersectionality, and Communication Studies
Cindy L. Griffin and Karma R. Chávez

1. Mammies and Matriarchs: Feminine Style and Signifyin(g) in Carol Moseley Braun’s 2003–2004 Campaign for the Presidency
Shanara Rose Reid-Brinkley
2. The Intersectional Style of Free Love Rhetoric
Kate Zittlow Rogness
3. (Im)mobile Metaphors: Toward an Intersectional Rhetorical History
Carly S. Woods
4. Placing Sex/Gender at the Forefront: Feminisms, Intersectionality, and Communication Studies
Sara Hayden and D. Lynn O’Brien Hallstein

5. Intersecting Audiences: Public Commentary Concerning Audre Lorde’s Speech, “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power”
Lester C. Olson
6. Constitutive Intersectionality and the Affect of Rhetorical Form
Leslie A. Hahner
7. Spheres of Influence: The Intersections of Feminism and Transnationalism in Betty Millard’s Woman Against Myth
Jennifer Keohane
8. Essentialism, Intersectionality and Recognition: A Feminist Rhetorical Approach to the Audience
Sara L. McKinnon

Unpacks the myriad ways rhetorical and communication theories and feminist intersectional approaches impact one another.


Winnerof the 2013 Best Edited Book Award presented by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG)

Building on the decades of work by women of color and allied feminists, Standing in the Intersection is the first book in more than a decade to bring communication studies and feminist intersectional theories in conversation with one another. The authors in this collection take up important conversations relating to notions of style, space, and audience, and engage with the rhetoric of significant figures, including Carol Moseley Braun, Barbara Jordan, Emma Goldman, and Audre Lorde, as well as crucial contemporary issues such as campus activism and political asylum. In doing so, they ask us to complicate notions of space, location, and movement; to be aware of and explicit with regard to our theorizing of intersecting and contradictory identities; and to think about the impact of multiple dimensions of power in understanding audiences and audiencing.

Karma R. Chávez is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Cindy L. Griffin is Professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. She is the author of the Invitation to Public Speaking, Fourth Edition and the coeditor (with Karen A. Foss and Sonja K. Foss) of Feminist Rhetorical Theories.


"If a new generation of scholars embraces intersectional perspectives as personal as well as scholarly outlooks, then the future of feminist communication research will be substantively different from its past, and every back story entailed in that research, each feminist researcher's lived experience, will be affirming and empowering. This is the transformative potential entailed in this book, and I look forward to seeing it realized. " — from the Foreword by Marsha Houston

"Together, the essays in this collection demonstrate innovative ways by which rhetorical and feminist scholars may better understand the complexities of identity, audience, and discourse. " — Rhetoric and Public Affairs

"This powerful collection … [is] a unique, valuable resource … Highly recommended. " — CHOICE

"This collection provides a concentrated focus on rhetoric and intersectionality that is a valuable resource for critics as well as a point of departure for additional criticism. It also offers a new set of feminist rhetorical studies—something overdue in communication studies. " — Alberto González, coeditor of Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity, and Communication, Fifth Edition