Introduction to Queer Rhetorics

Cox, Matthew B., and Michael J. Faris. “An Annotated Bibliography of LGBTQ Rhetorics.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, vol. 4, no. 2, 2015, pp. 1-11.

One article or chapter self-selected from the bibliography.

Introduction to Intersectionality

Combahee River Collective. “The Combahee River Collective Statement.” 1977. Available Means: An Anthology of Women’sRhetoric(s). Ed. Joy Ritchie and Kate Ronald. U of Pittsburgh P, 2001, pp. 291-300.

Lorde, Audre. “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power.” 1978. Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches by Audre Lorde. The Crossing P, 1984, pp. 53-59.

Crenshaw, Kimberlé Williams. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color.” Stanford Law Review, vol. 43, no. 6, 1991, pp. 1241-99.

Griffin, Cindy L., and Karma R. Chávez. “Introduction: Standing at the Intersections of Feminisms, Intersectionality, and Communication Studies.” Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices in Communication Studies. Eds. Karma R. Chávez and Cindy L. Griffin. State U of New York P, 2012, pp. 1-31.

Olson, Lester. “Intersecting Audiences: Public Commentary Concerning Audre Lorde’s Speech, ‘Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power.’” Standing in the Intersection, pp. 125-46.

[Week of MLK Holiday]

Rawson, K.J. “The Rhetorical Power of Archival Description: Classifying Images of Gender Transgression.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 28, no. 4, 2018, pp. 327-51.

Notes: Rock Ethics Institute talk by Aren Aizura, “Hell Holes or Saviors: Transnational Visions of Southeast Asian Trans Surgery,” 1/23, 5-6:30, Foster Auditorium

Center for Humanities & Information / CAS colloquium talk by K.J. Rawson, “The Rhetorical Work of the Digital Transgender Archive,” 1/25, 2:30-4, 60 Willard

Introduction to Queer Theory

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. “Introduction: Axiomatic.” Epistemology of the Closet. U of California P, 1990, pp. 1-63.

Butler, Judith. “Imitation and Gender Insubordination.” Inside/Out: Lesbian Theories, Gay Theories. Ed. Diana Fuss. Routledge, 1991, pp. 13-31.

Warner, Michael. “Introduction.” Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory. Ed. Michael Warner. U of Minnesota P, 1993, pp. vii-xxxi.

Wiegman, Robyn, and Elizabeth A. Wilson. “Introduction: Antinormativity’s Queer Conventions.” Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, vol. 26, no. 1, 2015, pp. 1-25.

Bessette, Jean. “Queer Rhetoric in Situ.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 35, no. 2, 2016, pp. 148-64.

Introduction to Queer of Color Theory

Cohen, Cathy J. “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol.3, no. 4, 1997, pp. 437-65.

Johnson, E. Patrick. “Quare Studies, or (Almost) Everything I Know about Queer Studies I Learned from My Grandmother.” Text and Performance Quarterly, vol. 21, no. 1, 2001, pp. 1-25.

Ferguson, Roderick A. “Introduction: Queer of Color Critique, Historical Materialism, and Canonical Sociology.” Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique. U of Minnesota P, 2004, pp. 1-30.

Nyong’o, Tavia. “Punk’d Theory.” Social Text, vol. 23, no. 3-4, 2005, pp. 19-34.

Rodríguez, Juana María. “Introduction.” Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings. New York UP, 2014, pp. 1-28.

Note:  Talk by Jean Bessette, 2/7, TBD

Queer Theory & Activism

Rand, Erin J. Reclaiming Queer: Activist and Academic Rhetorics of Resistance. U of Alabama P, 2014.

Queer Memory & HIV/AIDS Activism

Dunn, Thomas R. “‘Making do’ with Heterosexual History.” Queerly Remembered: Rhetorics for Representing the GLBTQ Past. U of South Carolina P, 2016, pp. 1-36.

Morris, Charles E., III. “ACT UP 25: HIV/AIDS, Archival Queers, and Mnemonic World Making.” Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. 98, no. 1, 2012, pp. 49-53.

Nakayama, Thomas K. “Act Up–Paris: French Lessons.” Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. 98, no. 1, 2012, pp. 103-108.

Bennett, Jeffrey A. “Queer Citizenship and the Stigma of Banned Blood.” Banning Queer Blood: Rhetorics of Citizenship, Contagion, and Resistance. U of Alabama P, 2009, pp. 1-26.

Chávez, Karma R. “Spatializing Gender Performativity: Ecstasy and Possibilities for Livable Life in the Tragic Case of Victoria Arellano.” Women’s Studies in Communication, vol. 33, no. 1, 2010, pp. 1-15.

Note:  Rock Ethics Institute talk by Eric Plemons, “Surgery without Surgeons: How Clinical Gaps Shape Trans-Embodiment,” 2/20, 5-6:30, 162 Willard

Racialized Heteronormativity & Restorative Rhetorics

Pritchard, Eric Darnell. Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy. Southern Illinois UP, 2017.

Confronting Rhetorics of Whiteness

Nero, Charles I. “Why Are Gay Ghettos White?” Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology. Ed. E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson. Duke UP, 2005, pp. 228-48.

Yep, Gust A. “Toward the De-Subjugation of Racially Marked Knowledges in Communication.” Southern Communication Journal, vol. 75, no. 2, 2010, pp. 171-75.

Chakravartty, Paula, Rachel Kuo, Victoria Grubbs, and Charlton McIlwain. “#CommunicationSoWhite.” Journal of Communication, vol. 68, 2018, pp. 254-66.

Houdek, Matthew. “The Imperative of Race for Rhetorical Studies: Toward Divesting from Disciplinary and Institutionalized Whiteness.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, vol. 15, no. 4, 2018, pp. 292-99.

Vega, Karrieann Soto, and Karma R. Chávez. “Latinx Rhetoric and Intersectionality in Racial Rhetorical Criticism.Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, vol. 15, no. 4, 2018, pp. 319-25.

Flores, Lisa A. “Towards an Insistent and Transformative Racial Rhetorical Criticism.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, vol. 15, no. 4, 2018, pp. 349-57.

Performance & Disidentification

Muñoz, José Esteban. Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. U of Minnesota P, 1999.

Note: Rock Ethics Institute talk by Susan Stryker, “Psychedelic Trans: Whiteness, Plasticity, and Socio-Somatic Transformation,” 3/21, 5-6:30, Foster Auditorium


Yergeau, Melanie. Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness. Duke UP, 2017.

Notes:  Camp Rhetoric / CAS colloquium talk by Thomas Dunn, 3/29, 2:30-4

Camp Rhetoric keynote talk by Melanie Yergeau, 3/30


Puar, Jasbir K. Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times. 2007. Duke UP, 2017.

Migration Politics & Coalition

Chávez, Karma R. Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities. U of Illinois P, 2013.

Transgender Citizenship & Legal Rhetorics

West, Isaac. Transforming Citizenships: Transgender Articulations of the Law. New York UP, 2013.

Intersex, Two-Spirit & Trans Rhetorics 

Chase, Cheryl. “Hermaphrodites with Attitude: Mapping the Emergence of Intersex Political Activism.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 4, no. 2, 1998, pp. 189-211.

Driskill, Qwo-Li. “Doubleweaving Two-Spirit Critiques: Building Alliances between Native and Queer Studies.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 16, no. 1-2, 2010, pp. 69-92.

Cram, E. “‘Angie was Our Sister:’ Witnessing the Trans-Formation of Disgust in the Citizenry of Photography.” Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. 98, no. 4, 2012, pp. 411-38.

Malatino, Hilary. “Tough Breaks: Trans Rage and the Cultivation of Resilience.” Hypatia, 2018, advanced publication online.