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[Commlist] IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Critical Rhetoric, Thirty Years Later

Thu Feb 06 22:31:14 GMT 2020

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on Critical Rhetoric

Guest-edited by Raymie E. McKerrow and Art Herbig, this Special Section on
Critical Rhetoric: Thirty Years Later investigates the contemporary
relevance of what has become known as the Critical Rhetoric Project. This
Special Section brings together eight original papers (plus an editorial
introduction) with original interview footage with the authors produced by
Art Herbig and Alix Watson.
 This Special Section focuses on the primary question:  What are the
contemporary limits and future potential of critical rhetoric as an
orientation toward criticism?

Critical Rhetoric assumes an orientation toward public events that focuses
primary attention on critiques of either or both forces of domination
(freedom from oppression) and freedom (freedom to create new relations of
power). In taking the role of a critic, the critical rhetorician demystifies
the power relations that underly domination as well as those power relations
that may promote new relations. This is done with the knowledge that once
instantiated, any new relations of power will also be open to renewed
The articles examine diverse ways in which a critical orientation toward
power relations is manifest. Topics include the role of forgiveness, the
possibilities of collaboration or direct participation in public events as
one critiques, how social activism and social media impact power relations,
as well as an alternative perspective that offers a corrective to the limits
of a critical orientation. All eight essays, in different ways, enlarge the
scope and utility of continued work that draws from a critical orientation
toward the effects of power. This Special Section serves a heuristic
function in promoting new research trajectories. We invite you to read these articles on Critical Rhetoric at that
published in the International Journal of Communication on February 2, 2020.
We look forward to your feedback!

Critical Rhetoric — Introduction
Raymie E. McKerrow, Art Herbig
Between Critical and Rhetoric: McKerrow’s Contribution to Contemporary
Critical Practice
Brandon M. Daniels, Kendall R. Phillips
Critical Rhetoric, Relationality, and Temporality: A Case for Forgiveness
Tony E. Adams

Critical Rhetoric and Collaboration: Missing Principle #9 and
Art Herbig, Andrew F. Herrmann, Alix R. Watson , Adam W. Tyma, joan miller

(Participatory) Critical Rhetoric: Critiqued and Reconsidered
Aaron Hess, Samantha Senda-Cook, Michael K. Middleton, Danielle Endres

Toward Social Justice Activism Critical Rhetoric Scholarship Lawrence R. Frey, Joshua S. Hanan
The Critique of Domination and the Critique of Freedom: A Gramscian
Perspective — Commentary
Dana L. Cloud

Critical Rhetoric in the Age of the (First) Reality TV President: A Critique
of Freedom and Domination
Jennifer C. Dunn

Privileged Vulnerability: Embodied Pedagogy as Critical Rhetorical Praxis
Danielle M. Stern, Katherine J. Denker
 Larry Gross                                                        Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor
Raymie E. McKerrow, Art Herbig
Guest Editors
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California
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