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Book Review JAC

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727Listening"SomeMore":AResponsetoEveWiederhold's"FeministRhetoricandRepresentationalFatigue"
MichelleBallif
738DestabilizingtheCategoriesofNewMediaResearch
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749FacingtheFarawayNearby
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769ConsideringRace,Position,Performance
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783DisabilityTheory,
byTobinSiebers
CynthiaLewiecki-Wilson790LoveandOtherTechnologies:RetrofittingErosfortheInformationAge,
byDominicPettman
ElizabethSwanstrom798Meaning,Language,andTime:TowardaConsequentialistPhilosophyofDiscourse,
byKevinj.Porter
ThomasKent
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Women'sWaysofMakingItinRhetoricandComposition,
byMichelleBallif,DianeDavis,andRoxanneMountford
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Women'sWaysofMakingItinRhetoricandComposition,
MichelleBallif,DianeDavis,andRoxanneMountford(NewYork:Routledge,2008.342pages).ReviewedbyClancyRatliff,UniversityofLouisianaatLafayetteIcametorhetoricandcompositionasafieldsomewhatbyaccident.MyundergraduatedegreeinEnglish,amajorIchangedfromjournalism,hadtrainedmetraditionallyinclosereadingandbiographicalcriticismofliteratureaswellasinlinguistics.Irecognizedthatthereweregapsinmy
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knowledgeofthefieldofEnglishstudies,withrhetoricasthemostsignificantone,andIdecidedtostudyitandtechnicalcommunicationinmymaster'sprogram,whichIbeganoneyearaftercompletingmyB.A.Iendedupbeingintriguedwithwhatwas,tome,anentirelynewareaofstudy,andIpursueditthroughthePhD.IdidmyPhDattheUniversityofMinnesota,whichhasastand-alonerhetoricdepartment,nowcalledtheDepartmentofWritingStudies.Duringthefallofmyfourthyearintheprogram,Iwentonthejobmarketinsearchofapositioninrhetoricandcomposition.Ihopedtosecureatenure-trackpositionthatwouldenablemetolivewithmyhusband,alsoanacademic.Weengagedintheprocessfamiliartomostdual-careercouples:applyingtoeveryuniversitythatadvertisedpositionsinbothourfields,applyingtopositionsatuniversitieswithincommutingdistancefromoneanotherifwelivedsomewherearoundthemidpointbetweenthem,andsoforth.Iacceptedatenure-trackpositionatoneuniversity,andthefollowingyearIacceptedatenure-trackWPApositionattheUniversityofLouisianaatLafayette,asourprioruniversity,whileagreatplacetobe,wasnotofferingusastabletwo-bodysolution.Themovepaidoff;myhusbandisnowinatenure-trackpositionatmyuniver-sity.AttheendofmyfirstyearonthetenuretrackatLouisiana,Igavebirthtomyfirstchild.Theissuescoveredin
Women'sWaysofMakingItinRhetoricandComposition
aredirectlyrelevanttomyprofessionalandpersonallife'and,likely,tothelivesofalargenumberofwomenaswellasmeninrhetoricandcompositionstudies.Itbearssimilaritiestoseveralmentoringbooksintendedtohelpprofessionalizethegraduatestudentorjuniorfacultymember,withitsmaterialaboutpresentingatconferences,findingcallsforpapers,sendingmanuscriptstojournals,completingthedissertation,andgoingonthejobmarket.However,thisbook'suniquecontributionsare,first,thefactthatitisasustainedstudyofwomeninrhetoricandcompositionusingsurveyandinterviewmethods;second,theauthors'inclusionofseveralin-depthprofilesofsuccessfulwomeninthefieldbasedoninterviewswiththesewomen;andthird,itschapteraboutwaystosucceedasaseniorfacultymemberandscholar.Also,thisbookfocusesonhowwomenhaveovercomechallengesspecifictorhetoricandcompositionstudies,whichincludethestatusofrhetoricand
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