Agency in the Margins
Editor - Anne Meade Stockdell-Giesler
Publication Date - January 2010
Number of Pages - 317
ISBN #9780838642146
Price $56.50 - Price subject to change
This collection attempts to answer the question of how do people who are defined as outsiders create agencyhow do they become agents of change, of social, political, spiritual, and cultural poweroutside of those spaces that we traditionally understand as belonging to the powerful? The subjects in this collection vary: authors discuss contemporary hip-hop music; early twentieth-century literature; prison publications;post-Civil War treatment of free African Americans; queer
culture; and more. They are loosely categorized as covering issues of race, class, gender, and contemporary issues of technology and globalization. The common thread in each essay is the study of how the groups have managed to successfully use rhetoric to exert social power and establish agency in a world that denies them privileged status. Each of these groups work helps to establish a constitutive rhetoric of otherness, a contribution to a genre of Outsider Rhetoric in
which the rhetor(s) create a narrative in which they as subjects have legitimacy as rhetors, and in which the audience is then reconstituted to perceive this legitimacy.
 Author/Editor Biographies
Anne Meade Stockdell-Geisler is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tampa.
 Scholarly Reviews
T.B. Dykeman, formerly, Fairfield University - Choice, August 2010
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