Rhetorical Regeneration and the Politics of Identity
It is humbling to think about how acts of consequence are rarely performed in solitude. Sure, the act of writing, particularly the kind that comprises this book, is pretty hermetic, but the production of this writing (and its distribution) is not. Given how this project is fueled by a continual call for vitality in our discourse and a more robust understanding of culture and identity, that we are all in this together, it is gratifying to remember many folks who helped make this book happen.
Clarence reminds us at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life that nobody is a failure who has friends. So many have nurtured my wings across the stages of this project. This book began at Indiana University in conversations both serious and irreverent with my CMCL cohort, including Jeff Bennett, Cara Buckley, Tonia Edwards, Suzanne Enck, Claire King, Tom Mentzer, Jeff Motter, Jamie Skerski, Darrel Wanzer, and Isaac West. It has continued during my time with engaged, supportive colleagues at Butler University and College of Charleston. Chad Bauman, Claire Curtis, Katharina Dulckeit, Allison Harthcock, Terri Jett, Larry Krasnoff, Mike Lee, Tamara Leech, Leigh Moscowitz, David Parisi, Ann Savage, and Kristin Swenson have provided the gift of gab and shrewd, critical perspectives that challenge and enrich the work that I do. In particular, my years in Indianapolis began my career and fueled my research in manifold ways, from Rae Kridel’s generous ← XI | xii → invitation early on for me to speak at the...
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