Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education

Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education

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Winner, CCCC Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection Category, 2018

With the election of our first black president, many Americans began to argue that we had finally ended racism, claiming that we now live in a postracial era. Yet near-daily news reports regularly invoke white as a demographic category and recount instances of racialized violence as well as an increased sensitivity to expressions of racial unrest. Clearly, American society isn’t as color-blind as people would like to believe. In Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education, contributors reveal how identifications with racialized whiteness continue to manifest themselves in American culture.

The sixteen essays that comprise this collection not only render visible how racialized whiteness infiltrates new twenty-first-century discourses and material spaces but also offer critical tactics for disrupting this normative whiteness. Specifically, contributors examine popular culture (novels, films, TV), social media (YouTube, eHarmony, Facebook), education (state law, the textbook industry, dual credit programs), pedagogy (tactics for teaching via narratives, emotional literacy, and mindfulness) as well as cultural theories (concepts of racialized space, anti-dialogicism, and color blindness). Offering new approaches to understanding racialized whiteness, this volume emphasizes the importance of a rhetorical lens for employing whiteness studies’ theories and methods to identify, analyze, interpret, and interrupt representations of whiteness.

Although whiteness studies has been waning as an active research field for the past decade, the contributors to Rhetorics of Whiteness assert that it hasn’t lost its relevancy because racialized whiteness and issues of systemic racism persist in American society and culture today. Few whiteness studies texts have been published in rhetoric and composition in the past decade, so this collection should quickly become mandatory reading. By focusing on common, yet often overlooked, contemporary examples of how racialized whiteness haunts U.S. society, Rhetorics of Whiteness serves as a valuable text for scholars in the field as well as anyone else interested in the topic.

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ISBN-13: 9780809335466
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 01/11/2017
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 358
Sales rank: 890,675
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tammie M. Kennedy is an associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has published essays in a number of journals, including Rhetoric Review, JAC, Feminist Formations, and the Journal of Lesbian Studies, and chapters in several books.

Joyce Irene Middleton is an associate professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Rhetoric Review, JAC, and College English, and in a number of rhetoric anthologies

Krista Ratcliffe is a professor and the head of English at Purdue University. Her books include Anglo-American Challenges to the Rhetorical Traditions: Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, and Adrienne Rich; the award-winning Rhetorical Listening: Identification, Gender, Whiteness; and Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts.

Contributors include Sarah E. Austin, Lee Bebout, Jennifer Beech, Cedric Burrows, Leda Cooks, Sharon Crowley, Anita M. DeRouen, Tim Engles, Christine Farris, Amy Goodburn, M. Shane Grant, Gregory Jay, Ronald A. Kuykendall, Kristi McDuffie, Nicole Ashanti McFarlane, Alice McIntyre, Peter McLaren, Keith D. Miller, Lilia D. Monzó, Casie Moreland, Ersula Ore, Annette Harris Powell, Catherine Prendergast, Meagan Rodgers, Nicole E. Snell, Jennifer Seibel Trainor, Victor Villanueva, and Hui Wu.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Unleashed-Whiteness AS Predatory Culture Lilia D. Monzó Peter McLaren xiii

Introduction: Oxymoronic Whiteness-from the White House to Ferguson Tammie M. Kennedy Joyce Irene Middleton Krista Ratcliffe 1

Part 1 Hauntings in Popular Culture Reflection

"Postracial" Annette Harris Powell 19

1 Not Everybody's Protest Novel: White Fictions OF Antiracism from Stowe to Stockett Gregory Jay 22

2 The Help as Noncomplicit Identification and Nostalgic Revision Christine Farris 42

3 Must(n't) See TV: Hidden Whiteness in Representations of Women OF Color Anita M. DeRouen M. Shane Grant 54

4 Color-Blind Rhetoric in Obama's 2008 "Race Speech": The Appeal to Whiteness and the Disciplining OF Racial Rhetorical Studies Kristi. McDuffie 71

Part 2 Hauntings in Social Media Reflection

Before #BlackLivesMatter Catherine Prendergast 89

5 Racialized Slacktivism: Social Media Performances of White Antiracism Tim Engles 92

6 The Ghost's in the Machine: eHarmony and the Reification of Whiteness and Heteronormativity Sarah E. Austin 112

7 Facebook and Absent-Present Rhetorics of Whiteness Jennifer Beech 132

Part 3 Hauntings in Education Reflections

A Dwindling Focus on Whiteness Jennifer Seibel Trainor 147

Administering Whiteness Studies Amy Goodburn 150

8 Washing Education White: Arizona's HB 2281 and the Curricular Investment in Whiteness Lee Bebout 153

9 How Whiteness Haunts the Textbook Industry: The Reception of Nonwhites in Composition Textbooks Cedric Burrows 171

10 The Triumph of Whiteness: Dual Credit Courses and Hierarchical Racism in Texas Casie Moreland Keith D. Miller 182

Part 4 Hauntings in Pedagogies Reflection

Black, White, and Colors in Between-Whiteness Haunting Feminist Studies Hui Wu 197

11 On the Cover of the Rolling Stone: Deconstructing Monsters and Terrorism in an Era of Postracial Whiteness Leda Cooks 201

12 The Pedagogical Role of a White Instructor's Racial Awareness Narrative Meagan Rodgers 222

13 Practicing Mindfulness: A Pedagogical Tool for Spotlighting Whiteness Alice McIntyre 235

Part 5 Problems Haunting Theories of Whiteness Reflections

Calling a White a White Victor Villanueva 253

Calling Whiteness Studies… Sharon Crowley 255

14 Whiteness as Racialized Space: Obama and the Rhetorical Constraints of Phenotypical Blackness Ersula Ore 256

15 Color Deafness: White Writing as Palimpsest for African American English in Breaking Bad Screen Captioning and Video Technologies Nicole Ashanti McEarlane Nicole E. Snell 271

16 Whiteness as Antidialogical Ronald A. Kuykendall 295

Epilogue Tammie M. Kennedy Joyce Irene Middleton Krista Ratcliffe 310

Contributors 317

Index 323

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