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Rhetorics of Names and Naming

1st Edition

Edited by Star Medzerian Vanguri

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224 pages

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Description

This volume takes up rhetorical approaches to our primarily linguistic understanding of how names work, considering how theories of materiality in rhetoric enrich conceptions of the name as word or symbol and help explain the processes of name bestowal, accumulation, loss, and theft. Contributors theorize the formation, modification, and recontexualization of names as a result of technological and cultural change, and consider the ways in which naming influences identity and affects/grants power.

Reviews

"As more and more self-sponsored writing is broadcast publicly in the digital age, the power of naming things is becoming increasingly important, complex, and downright confusing. Who has the power to determine a name or label and cast it out into the world to be used by others? And indeed, what impact does such a name have? This new volume addresses these and other important questions that must, now more than ever, be addressed by academic disciplines that concern themselves with the public uses of language." - Susan Meyers, Seattle University, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: Toward a Rhetorical Onomastics Star Medzerian Vanguri SECTION 1: Performing Identity 1 Composing Place, Composing Las Vegas Cydney Alexis, Scot Barnett, and Eric Leake 2 From "Big Time" to "Turd Blossom": George W. Bush and the Rhetoric of the Political Sobriquet Jason Thompson 3 Nominal Blackness Lisa Woolfork 4 "Mononymous" Dickens: The Named and Unnamed in Household Words Christine DeVinne SECTION 2: Reinforcing Hegemony 5 Understanding the Life Narratives of Immigrants through Naming Practices Angela Clark-Oates, Duane Roen, and Sherry Rankins-Robertson 6 "Don’t Say Drone": Hits and Misses in a Rhetorical Project of Naming Robin Shoaps and Sarah Stanley 7 Crimean (Tatar): Resisting a Deportation of Identity Christian Berry 8 The Female Frankenstein: Naming Practices Constructing What It Means to Be a "Woman" Jessica Rose Corey SECTION 3: Creating Public Memory 9 Social Movement Names and Global Frames Tim Jensen 10 Eponymous Elixirs: Mrs. Pinkham, Nineteenth-Century Patent Medicines, and the Rhetoric of Naming Elizabeth Lowry 11 The Genome, the Meme, and the Teme Go off the Map: Observing Naming, Metaphor, and Circulation in Three Contested Terms David Bedsole 12 #Jan25: The Naming of an Event Katherine Bridgman

About the Editor

Star Medzerian Vanguri is an associate professor in the Department of Writing and Communication at Nova Southeastern University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and rhetoric, and her research interests include stylistics, onomastics, spatial rhetorics, and classroom writing assessment. She is co-editor of The Centrality of Style (WAC Clearinghouse/Parlor Press, 2013). Her work has also appeared in Rhetoric Review and the Journal of Writing Research.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Communication

This series is our home for cutting-edge scholarly studies and edited collections in the fields of rhetoric and writing studies. Interdisciplinary in approaches, these titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN002000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Authorship
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LAN015000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies