Greetings to all! My name is Jeanne Law Bohannon, and I am an Assistant Professor of English in the Digital Writing and Media Arts Department of Southern Polytechnic State University -- whew, that's a mouthful!
I am excited to participate in this group, as I have a rhetorical historigraphy on which I am eager to get feedback. My primary pedagogical interests lie in the intersections of digital writing and critical pedagogy, but feminist rhetorical recoveries are my personal passion.
My current project is a rhetorical recovery of Adah Isaacs Menken, a forgotten feminist writer from the mid-19th century. Adah was a famous actress and one of America's first "gliterati," but she also penned ground-breaking philosophical essays and poems that railed against constructed Victorian behavior codes regarding women. However, because of her profession in the theatre, she was not accepted by the middle-to-upper class women also speaking for feminism during this time. Over the past three years, I have scrounged in archives from Harvard to NOLA, finding the few extant pieces of her writing. My primary goal is to produce a piece of writing that places Adah back into the feminist rhetorical canon.
That's what I want to start here :) I look forward to working with you all to give Adah her rightful place.