Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition Studies

New Latinx Keywords for Theory and Pedagogy

  • Iris D. Ruiz
  • Raúl Sánchez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Basics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Iris D. Ruiz
      Pages 3-15
    3. Steven Alvarez
      Pages 17-29
    4. Ana Milena Ribero
      Pages 31-45
  3. Making Texts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. José Cortez
      Pages 49-62
    3. José Cano
      Pages 63-75
    4. Raúl Sánchez
      Pages 77-89
  4. Self-(Re)Definitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Cruz Medina
      Pages 93-107
    3. Gabriela Raquel Ríos
      Pages 109-124
    4. Octavio Pimentel, Nancy Wilson
      Pages 125-136
    5. Candace Zepeda
      Pages 137-151
  5. Political Rhetoric

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Amanda Espinosa-Aguilar
      Pages 155-167
    3. Marcos del Hierro
      Pages 169-181
  6. Iris D. Ruiz, Raúl Sánchez
    Pages C1-C1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 183-195

About this book


This book brings together Latinx scholars in rhetoric and composition to discuss important conceptual terms that have been misused or appropriated by forces working against the interests of minority students. In educational and political forums, rhetorics of identity and civil rights have been used to justify ideas and policies that reaffirm the myth of a normative US culture that is white, Eurocentric, and monolinguistically English. These attempts amount to a de facto project of neo-colonization, if “colonization” is understood to include not only the taking of land but also the taking of culture, of which language is a crucial part. The authors introduce the concept of epistemic delinking and argue for its use in conceptualizing the kind of rhetorical and discursive “decolonization” we have in mind, and offer examples of this decolonization in action through detailed work on specific terms. Contributors to this volume will draw on their training in rhetoric and on their own experiences as people of color to reset the rhetorical agenda for the future. They theorize new key terms to shed light on the great varieties of Latinx writing, rhetoric, and literacies that continue to emerge and circulate in the culture at large in the hopes that the field will feel more urgently the need to recognize, theorize, and teach the intersections of writing, pedagogy, and politics.


Composition Studies Mexican American Studies Latino/a History Chicano Composition Ethnic Studies Mexican Rhetorics Latin American Rhetorics Normal School History African American Rhetoric Critical Pedagogy composition pedagogy rhetoric

Editors and affiliations

  • Iris D. Ruiz
    • 1
  • Raúl Sánchez
    • 2
  1. 1.University of California - MercedMercedUSA
  2. 2.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-52723-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52724-0
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