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[ecrea] Present Tense vol. 1, no. 2

Tue Apr 05 20:40:44 GMT 2011

The editors of Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society are proud to announce the journal’s second issue at The articles of Issue 2 analyze rhetorics and employ diverse theoretical frameworks in a variety of national and international contexts with an eye toward the ethical implications of social, economic, and material structures. Issue 2 includes:

Of Ideologies, Economies, and Cultures: Three Meditations on the Arizona Border – Victor Villanueva provides three meditations on racism and xenophobia along the US/Mexico border.

Ayn Rand, Conservative Populists, and the Creed of Self-Immolation – Brian Jackson uses a Burkean frame to analyze how the Tea Party appropriates the rhetoric of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged .

Methodological Dwellings: A Search for Feminisms in Rhetoric&  Composition - Jennifer Sano-Franchini, Donnie Sackey, and Stacey Pigg perform a multimedia inquiry on the origins and goals of feminisms in contemporary rhetoric and composition.

Adapting American Visual Rhetoric in Post Cold War Bulgaria – Joshua Parker documents the influence of American advertisement in post-Cold War Bulgaria.

In Defense of Gut Feelings: Rhetorics of Decision-Making – Nathaniel Rivers proposes a non-rational rhetoric of decision making that accounts for logical heuristics alongside visceral senses of prudent action.

Service Learning in Post-Katrina New Orleans – the Jesuit Way – Kelly Brotzman describes the processes and goals of Loyola of New Orleans’ service learning collaborative since the university re-opened following hurricane Katrina.

Activism and Rhetoric as Required Reading – Gae Lyn Henderson reviews a new collection on rhetoric and civic engagement, arguing for its relevance to rhetorical curricula.

Present Tense is a peer-reviewed, blind-refereed, online journal dedicated to exploring contemporary social, cultural, political and economic issues through a rhetorical lens. In addition to examining these subjects as found in written, oral and visual texts, we wish to provide a forum for calls to action in academia, education and national policy. Seeking to address current or presently unfolding issues, we publish short articles of 2,000-2,500 words, the length of a conference paper.

Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder
Purdue University
Doctoral Candidate/Rhetoric&  Composition
Introductory Composition Technology Mentor
Technical Editor, Present Tense Journal

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