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Date of Award
Department or Program Affiliation
Master of Arts (MA)
Qualley, Donna J., 1952-
Rhetorical vulnerability is a necessary, underlying condition for rhetoric. That is, in order for rhetoric to be meaningful or even possible, we must already be vulnerable to each other. This paper frames vulnerability as a rhetorical concept different from vulnerability as a way of being, a personality trait, and a modifier of actions and behaviors. I examine how vulnerability has shown up in rhetorical scholarship as approaches to rhetoric, in relation to desire, and as embodied and affective. I close by proposing a practice of embracing vulnerability which creates capacities to differently engage identification categories and to understand spaces not as fixed containers, but as open, moldable, and relational.
Vulnerability, Rhetoric, Rhetorical, Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Vulnerability, Engagement, Relationality, Sexuality, Identity, Pedagogy
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Rhetoric; Vulnerability (Personality trait); Identity (Psychology); Desire.
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Brauner, Sophia, "Rhetorical Vulnerability" (2023). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1174.