CFP: Rhetoric in the Rest of the West (edited collection)

Rhetorical scholars have begun uncovering the many marginalized rhetorical traditions silenced by the homogenous nature of histories, reading and writing new histories of the rhetorical tradition through frames from gender to geography. Despite these substantial challenges to/reinterpretations of the traditionally received history of rhetoric, many voices are still silenced and many spaces are still excluded. This silencing and excluding continues, perhaps, because of assumptions that no texts exist from these marginalized voices or that substantial rhetorical activity was not conducted in these marginalized spaces. These assumptions may be based, in part, on an urban ideal of rhetorical activity, a scholarly focus on the polis rather than on the many alternate spaces that nurtured rhetorical performance and activity. Our assumption, however, is that texts do exist and mark fundamental differences in the ways diverse ancient groups conducted rhetorical activity.

Shane Borrowman, Marcia Kmetz, and Rob Lively are proposing an edited collection on _Rhetoric in the Rest of the West_ that challenges the silencing and the othering of marginalized groups in classical rhetoric in the western tradition, in part because that foundational tradition seems most canonized and most resistant to the addition of new voices and groups. In the collection, Shane Borrowman will explore the contributions to the study of Aristotle by Muslims of medieval Spain, Marcia Kmetz will explore the rhetorical practices of the rustics of ancient Greece and Rome, and Rob Lively will examine the forensic rhetoric of the Vikings of northernmost Europe.

We hope that you will contribute to this project.

Our project is now in the proposal stage of the publication process, so all that we request of potential contributors right now is a short (200-400 word) abstract detailing what your chapter would cover and how the topic relates to the general focus of the collection. Additionally, we ask that you submit a short biographical statement for inclusion with the proposal (no more than 150 words). If you are interested in participating, please email your abstract to Rob Lively ( no later than July 31, 2008. If you have questions about the project in advance of your submission, please contact any of the editors. Our contact information is listed below.

Shane Borrowman
Marcia Kmetz
Rob Lively