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Rhetorical Studies Reading Group

at the university of illinois

The first RSRG meeting of 2012 will feature Professor Marita Gronnvoll of Eastern Illinois University, who will discuss with us a selection of her work, both published and in progress. We will meet from 7-9 pm on Thurs., Jan. 26, 2012, in the IPRH basement seminar room.

Professor Gronnvoll holds a B.A. and an M.A. from University of Washington and a Ph.D. from University of Georgia. She studies rhetorical theory and criticism with an emphasis on gender and feminism. She is the author of Media Representations of Gender and Torture Post-9/11 (Routledge, 2010).  Her current projects include research on media discourses regarding women suicide bombers and the use and censorship of violent images in media reporting.

READINGS: There are three readings for our meeting. The first is a chapter from Marita’s book, which analyzes discourses surrounding women interrogators at Guantanamo Bay. The second reading is a coauthored piece with Kristen McCauliff, and is an analysis of mass media discourses surrounding female suicide bombers in the “war on terrorism.” It’s currently under review at a journal. The third essay is still in process, which compares discourses surrounding the death of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan to those of Lori Piestewa’s death in Iraq.

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