Genre Emergence and Disappearance in Feminist Histories of Rhetoric

  • Risa Applegarth


The author invites scholars working in genre studies, feminist historiography, and the history of rhetoric to adopt an archaeological approach to genre, focusing on discarded, ephemeral, and non-dominant genres to investigate relations of power in communities of practice. Arguing that evolutionary metaphors for genre emergence and disappearance have served as terministic screens, deflecting our collective attention away from questions of materiality and power, this chapter outlines the affordances of an archaeological metaphor for genre change, drawing examples from the short-lived genres created by experimental ethnographers in the early 20th century.


Epistemic Practice Archaeological Practice Pottery Shard Prior Text Citational Uptake 
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  • Risa Applegarth
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboro, NCUSA

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