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ERVIN, Elizabeth. "Rhetorical Situations and the Straits of Inappropriateness: Teaching Feminist Activism"

Wednesday 9 January 2008, by ps

Rhetoric Review Vol. 25, No. 3, 316–333.


This essay argues that the rhetorical strategies of radical activist groups can
complicate our theoretical understanding of rhetorical situation. It first exam-
ines the textual practices of the Situationist International (SI), a group of French
anarchists who in the 1950s and 1960s purported to make accessible to
non-elites modernist experimentation in art, literature, architecture, and urban
design. It then describes and reflects on what happens when these practices are
utilized in a women’s studies classroom with an explicit activist orientation.