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By Any Other Name: On the Merits of Moving Beyond Forensics
This essay argues that the interscholastic speaking and debating activity that calls itself forensics has effectively lost the battle for its own name. As students of and experts in rhetoric andExpand
John F. Kennedy, the Construction of Peace, and the Pitfalls of Androgynous Rhetoric
This essay examines paradoxical tensions in “The Strategy of Peace,” John F. Kennedy's (JFK) 1963 commencement address at American University. Building on recent explorations of gendered stylistics,Expand
Rosie’s Secret Identity, Or, How to Debunk a Woozle by Walking Backward through the Forest of Visual Rhetoric
This essay investigates the authenticity of Geraldine Hoff Doyle’s widely accepted status as the model for the World War II– era “We Can Do It!” poster. After considering the rhetorical nature of theExpand
Whither Propaganda? Agonism and “The Engineering of Consent”
Propaganda was apparently everywhere in 2004. Conservatives of all stripes could see it perhaps most clearly in Michael Moore’s popular documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 . The film incensed manyExpand
Mobilizing the Home Front: War Bonds And Domestic Propaganda
During World War II, the home front offered unprecedented levels of moral, financial, and labor support for the war effort. This was no accident. Through the U.S. Treasury Department's war bondExpand
Visual Rhetoric Representing Rosie the Riveter: Myth and Misconception in J. Howard Miller's "We Can Do It!" Poster
This essay examines the World War II poster "We Can Do It!," commonly known as "Rosie the Riveter." Today, J. Howard Miller's print is a feminist icon. However, archival evidence demonstrates thatExpand