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Inventing Place

Inventing Place

Writing Lone Star Rhetorics

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Edited by Casey Boyle and Jenny Rice


Paperback (Other formats: E-book)
258 pages, 6 x 9, 35 illustrations


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Bringing together methods and scholars from rhetoric and related disciplines, essays in Inventing Place: Writing Lone Star Rhetorics blend personal and scholarly accounts of Texas sites, examining place as an embodied poiesis, an understanding and composition formed through the collaboration of a body with a particular space.
Divided into five sections corresponding to Texas regions, essays consider aesthetics, buildings, environment, food and alcohol, private and public memory, and race and class. Among the topics covered by contributors are the Imagine Austin urban planning initiative; the terroir of Texas barbecue; the racist past of Grand Saline, Texas; Denton, Texas, and authenticity as rhetorical; negative views of Texas and how the state (or any place) is subject to reinvention; social, historical, and economic networks of place and their relationship to the food we eat; and Texas gun culture and working-class character.


Casey Boyle is an assistant professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where he researches and teaches digital rhetoric and media theory.
Jenny Rice is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky and the author of Distant Publics: Development Rhetoric and the Subject of Crisis.