Writing through Colonialism: Rhetorical Situations and Approaches for Ethnic Writers




Cano, Jose Luis Jr.

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This thesis analyzes the writings of four scholars in Rhetoric and Composition Studies: Rhetorical Listening: Identification, Gender, Whiteness by Krista Ratcliffe; Reading Chinese Fortune Cookie: The Making of Chinese American Rhetoric by LuMing Mao; X-Marks: Native Signatures of Assent by Scott Richard Lyons; and Mestiz@ Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of Writing by Damián Baca. By presenting arguments geared towards the construction and inclusion of ethnic rhetorics, Ratcliffe, Mao, Lyons, and Baca overlap in three ways. These scholars combat ethnic stereotypes and racialized essentialisms in the construction of their arguments, create rhetorical approaches that stem from the ethnic groups whose writings are analyzed, and identify colonialism as shaping the material and rhetorical situations for ethnic groups. These findings point towards the rhetorical and material situation for ethnic writers and exploit current methodological fissures in the study of rhetoric and writing.



Ethnic writers, Colonialism


Cano, J. L. (2014). <i>Writing through colonialism: Rhetorical situations and approaches for ethnic writers</i> (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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