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Re/Framing Identifications
The thirty-four absorbing essays in this volume are a select representation of the papers delivered at the fifteenth Biennial Rhetoric Society of America’s 2012 conference. Each essay interprets the conference theme of Kenneth Burke’s notion of identification. Additionally, each piece vividly and uniquely ignites interest in ways to name, analyze, evaluate, teach, and take action rhetorically on challenges facing our world.

The authors investigate, dissect, and “reframe” generally accepted rhetorical constructions of identity (including those based on race, class, and gender) in historical, contemporary, national, and international contexts. Readers gain fresh insights about rhetoric—its relation to democracy and ethics, its power to frame and reframe history, its ability to enable and deny agency as well as to mark and re-mark bodies, its collusion with barbarism, and its responsibility for social activism.
Table of Contents
Editor's Introduction (Michelle Ballif)

Section I: RE/FRAMING NATIONAL IDENTITY
1. Reframing Narratives of Nation: Women's Participation in the American Civil War (Jacqueline Jones Royster)
2. Abraham Lincoln in Philadelphia: Defining and Deriving National Identity (David Zarefsky)
3. "Under God": An Epideictic Weapon in the Fight against Communism (M. Elizabeth Thorpe)
4. Voicing the Concerns of America's Families: The Rhetoric of Family Values in the 1985-1990 "Family Policy" Debates (Jill M. Weber)

Section II: RE/FRAMING DELIBERATIVE RHETORIC, DEMOCRACY, AND ETHICS
5. The Laugh of Recognition: Ethical Frames and Torture at Abu Ghraib (Laura A. Sparks)
6. Ethical Encounters at the Intersection of Education and Activism (Geoffrey W. Bateman)
7. Perspicuity as Discursive Ethic: Jon Stewart's Revival of Eighteenth-Century Rhetoric (William Duffy)
8. Charging Treason While Committing Treason: Patricia Roberts-Miller's Cunning Projection, Conspiracy Rhetoric, and the Identity Criticism of Barack Obama (Keith D. Miller)
9. The Norms of (Economic) Rhetorical Culture (Randall Iden and Dale Cyphert)
10. Craft, Plenitude, and Negation: Delivery in Post-Consumer Rhetorics (David M. Grant)
11. Democracy as Discursive Insurgency: Entering and Breaking (Andrew Nicholas Rechnitz)
12. Coming to Terms with a Declaration of Barbarous Acts (Erik Doxtader)

Section III: RE/FRAMING HISTORY, MEMORY, AND EVENTS
13. Reframing Identifications: Recognizing the Effects of the Past in the Present within Debates about the Israel-Palestine Conflict (Matthew Abraham)
14. Re/Framing Transnational Collective Memories: Dokdo/Takeshima, Korea/Japan (Jerry Won Lee)
15. Collective Apologies and Reconstituting Citizenship (Jason A. Edwards)
16. Reframing Sanity: Scapegoating the Mentally Ill in the Case of Jared Loughner (Katie Rose Guest Pryal)
17. Rhetoric Re/Framed as Exchange: Baudrillard, Perlocutionary Performance, and 9/11 Ten Years Later (Brian Gogan)
18. Cultural Historic Activity Theory: An Analytic Methodology for the History of Rhetoric (Shawn D. Ramsey)

Section IV: RE/FRAMING EMBODIMENT AND RHETORICAL AGENCY
19. Bodies Under Construction: Rhetorical Tactics for Rescripting Rape (Kaitlin Marks-Dubbs)
20. (Re)Framing the Interests of English Speakers: "We Are All Khaled Said" (Katherine Bridgman)
21. Before Garrick: Elizabeth Barry, Mistress of Emotion on the Restoration Stage (Elizabeth Tasker Davis)
22. "We the People"—of Color: Environmental Justice Activists, the US Constitution, and the Public Work of Rhetoric (M. Karen Powers)
23. Hiding and Seeking Rhetorical Visibility of LGBTQ People at the Smithsonian: A Theory of Postmortem Rhetorical Agency (Jessica L. Shumake)
24. Feminine Ethos, Affect, and Intersubjectivity in The Showings of Julian of Norwich (Heather Palmer)
25. Identification, Consubstantiality, Interval, and Temporality: Luce Irigaray and the Possibilities for Rhetoric (Janice Odom)
26. The Emergence and Shaping of Wells's Voice in Her Early Public Rhetoric (Sue Carter Wood)

Section V: RE/FRAMING RACIAL, ETHNIC, AND CLASS IDENTIFICATIONS
27. "Hispanic and White Only": Rhetoric and the Changing Notion(s) of Race in the United States (Malinda Williams)
28. Reframing the Secret Identity of Whiteness: The Rhetorics of White Privilege in Superhero Media (Bryan Carr)
29. Public Sphere, Theater, and the Rhetoric of Reimagining an Identity: Oriental to Asian American (Karen Ching Carter)
30. 9/11/11: The Visual and Rhetorical (Re)Constitution of Muslim American Identity Politics (Nicholas S. Paliewicz)
31. Afong Moy: Reframing Gentility in the Early Nineteenth Century (K. Hyoejin Yoon)

Section VI: RE/FRAMING DISCIPLINARY IDENTIFICATIONS AND ASSUMPTIONS
32. Both Insiders and Outsiders: Re/Framing Identification via Japanese Rhetoric (Dominic J. Ashby)
33. Thinking and Speaking in the Circle: Symbolic Action in Navajo Rhetoric (Edward Karshner)
34. Reframing Discipline: Rhetoric's Shared Disciplinary Identifications (Tonya Ritola)