CFP: [Rhetoric-Composition] Edited Collection on Rhetoric in the Rest of the West

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Marcia Kmetz
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Rhetorical scholars have begun uncovering the many marginalized rhetorical
traditions silenced by the homogenous nature of histories, reading and
writing new histories of the rhetorical tradition through frames from
gender to geography. Despite these substantial challenges
to/reinterpretations of the traditionally received history of rhetoric,
many voices are still silenced and many spaces are still excluded. This
silencing and excluding continues, perhaps, because of assumptions that no
texts exist from these marginalized voices or that substantial rhetorical
activity was not conducted in these marginalized spaces. These assumptions
may be based, in part, on an urban ideal of rhetorical activity, a
scholarly focus on the polis rather than on the many alternate spaces that
nurtured rhetorical performance and activity. Our assumption, however, is
that texts do exist and mark fundamental differences in the ways diverse
ancient groups conducted rhetorical activity.

Shane Borrowman, Marcia Kmetz, and Rob Lively are proposing an edited
collection on _Rhetoric in the Rest of the West_ that challenges the
silencing and the othering of marginalized groups in classical rhetoric in
the western tradition, in part because that foundational tradition seems
most canonized and most resistant to the addition of new voices and groups.
 In the collection, Shane Borrowman will explore the contributions to the
study of Aristotle by Muslims of medieval Spain, Marcia Kmetz will explore
the rhetorical practices of the rustics of ancient Greece and Rome, and Rob
Lively will examine the forensic rhetoric of the Vikings of northernmost

We hope that you will contribute to this project.

Our project is now in the proposal stage of the publication process, so all
that we request of potential contributors right now is a short (200-400
word) abstract detailing what your chapter would cover and how the topic
relates to the general focus of the collection. Additionally, we ask that
you submit a short biographical statement for inclusion with the proposal
(no more than 150 words). If you are interested in participating, please
email your abstract to Rob Lively ( no later than July 31,
2008. If you have questions about the project in advance of your
submission, please contact any of the editors. Our contact information is
listed below.

Shane Borrowman
Marcia Kmetz
Rob Lively

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