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2015 July College English, v77.6

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College English
Volume 77, Number 6, July 2015

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From the Editor
Kelly Ritter

Emerging Voices: “The pageant is the thing”: The Contradictions of Women’s Clubs and Civic Education during the Americanization Era
Kate White
Abstract: Faced with the need to educate women collectively about politics and government, Jane Croly established the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) in 1890. Based on archival documents from the GFWC, this article seeks to address the following research questions: What do the patriotic pageants sponsored by the GFWC illustrate about civic education in the Americanization era? What can we learn about civic education and the use of particular rhetorical forms from twentieth-century pageants and organizations such as the GFWC? By exploring the organization’s contribution to civic education alongside other pageants in the same era, it is possible to better contextualize the competing histories of civic education for ourselves and our students. This article also focuses on the patriotic pageants that club women used to develop a model of social change rooted in education, which had contradictory results. The GFWC both supported and resisted whiteness as the position of authority in its promotion of pageants. Embracing the contradictions of pageants and their role in civic education in the Americanization era allows for a more nuanced and accurate picture of the history of civic education.

Personal Writing in Professional Spaces: Contesting Exceptionalism in Interwar Women’s Vocational Autobiographies
Risa Applegarth
Abstract: This essay draws on genre theory and recent conceptualizations of the personal as rhetorical in order to investigate the collective stakes of writerly self-representation. Contextualizing and analyzing a widely published early twentieth-century genre, the vocational autobiography, I argue that female professionals made use of the rhetorical resources available in the genre to personalize their professional identities, counteracting a widespread discourse of exceptionalism and flouting widespread advice about the necessity of strict separation between personal and professional identities. By using personal narratives to depict their gendered and embodied presence in powerful professional spaces such as laboratories and newsrooms, female writers made use of this genre to normalize their presence and to open up access to such spaces for other women.

“Know thy work and do it”: The Rhetorical-Pedagogical Work of Employment and Workplace Guides for Adults with “High-Functioning” Autism
Karen Kopelson
Abstract: This article examines the rhetoric and pedagogies of employment and workplace guidebooks for adults with high-functioning autism (HFA) to demonstrate how the texts reflect and reinvent cultural desires or fantasies about contemporary employees and also work to norm real autistic employees to be closer to a neurotypical ideal. This norming is achieved in large part through the guidebooks’ surprising appropriations of and appeals to rhetorical training.

Comment and Response
Abstract: A Comment on “Reimagining the Social Turn” by Jacqueline Rhodes and Jonathan Alexander
Donald Lazere

A Comment on “One Train Can Hide Another” by Tony Scott and Nancy Welch
Paul Lynch and Nathaniel A. Rivers

Announcements and Calls for Papers

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Index to Volume 77

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