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April 2021
Utah State University Press

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Women's Ways of Making

Edited by: 
Maureen Daly Goggin
Shirley Rose

"Women’s Ways of Making" draws attention to material practices — those that the hands perform — as three epistemologies — an episteme, a techne and a phronesis — that together give pointed consideration to making as a rhetorical embodied endeavor. Combined, these epistemologies show that making is a form of knowing that (episteme), knowing how (techne) and wisdom-making (phronesis).
Since the Enlightenment, embodied knowledge creation has been overlooked, ignored or disparaged as inferior to other forms of expression or thinking that seem to leave the material world behind. Privileging the hand over the eye, as the work in this collection does, thus problematizes the way in which the eye has been co-opted by thinkers as the mind’s tool of investigation. Contributors to this volume argue that other senses — touch, taste, smell, hearing­ — are keys to knowing one’s materials. Only when all these ways of knowing are engaged can making be understood as a rhetorical practice.
In "Women’s Ways of Making," contributors explore ideas of making that run the gamut from videos produced by beauty vloggers to zine production and art programs at women’s correctional facilities. Bringing together senior scholars, new voices, and a fresh take on material rhetoric, this book will be of interest to a broad range of readers in composition and rhetoric.


Maureen Daly Goggin is professor of English in writing, rhetorics and literacies at ASU.

Shirley K. Rose is professor of English in writing, rhetorics and literacies at ASU.

Praise for this book

"Focusing on the many ways women make meaning in the world through these tactics creates a space in rhetorical studies that moves beyond the rhetorical acts we so often hear about and study to consider those that are often invisible, despite many women participating in them."

Courtney Adams Wooten
George Mason University