"Mobilizing Affect: The Rhetoric and Circulation of Popular Political Satire News Shows"
Since the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, many scholars, pundits, and public figures have ruminated on the purpose, resonance and rhetorical boundaries of comedy and satire. More broadly, conversations about the relationship between emotion, partisanship, and information literacy have permeated public debate. I respond to these queries in my dissertation, by exploring the rhetorical and affective characteristics of contemporary political satire. Drawing from rhetorical history, feminist and queer affect studies, and circulation studies, this dissertation offers a multi-faceted rhetorical analysis of three popular political satire televisions shows and their circulation: Saturday Night Live, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Read more...
Journal Articles, Under Review:
"Bringing Rhetoric Back to the News: Last Week Tonight's Transactional Satire"
In this article, I analyze a YouTube clip, “Trump vs. Truth: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)” from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Drawing from Cicero's model of rhetorical humor and feminist and queer theories of affect, I analyze how the show uses humor and the emotional appeals of fear, empathy, and optimism to disrupt public debates around “fake news” and objectivity to convince viewers to critically engage with the ubiquity of bias in all news, as they motivate viewers’ reflection and/or action after watching.
Journal Articles, In-Progress:
"'Making Room to Speak Truth': A Recovery of Diane di Prima's Feminist Rhetoric"
In this article, I analyze the writing of of Diane di Prima, Italian American poet, painter, activist, and lesser know female Beat author. Drawing from feminist rhetorical scholarship and methodologies, such as those offered by Krista Ratcliffe, Jacqueline Joyce Royster, Gesa Kirsch, I position di Prima as a rhetorical figure worth inclusion in feminist rhetorical and Beat canons.
"The Women's Writing Pilgrimage: A WAC Program's Feminist Reflections"
This article is co-written with Georgia Rhoades, and is currently in progress. Together, we tell the story of a women's writing group sponsored by a WAC program at a 4-year, public institution, for the past seven years. The authors share their own experiences working with the group, integrate interviews with founding members, and argue for the value of WAC-sponsored community engagement initiatives like the women's writing group, highlighting the benefits for WAC programs and university and community stakeholders.