Below is a bibliography of queer work related to rhetoric and composition, organized by year. Readers can also consult Matt Cox and Michael Faris’s annotated bibliography at Present Tense. The list below only includes works not listed on that bibliography. If you have any additions or corrections to make to this list, please contact the webmaster, Michael Faris.

Allegra Smith has also created a collaborative Zotero library, which you can view and use (or join if you have a Zotero account).


Barnard, Ian. “Rhetorical Commonsense and Child Molester Panic — A Queer Intervention.” Rhetorical Society Quarterly 47.1 (2017): 3-25.

Craig, Collin. “Courting the Abject: A Taxonomy of Black Queer Rhetoric.” College English 79.6 (2017): 619-639.

Morris, Charles E., III, and John M. Sloop, “Other Lips, Whither Kisses?” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 14.2 (2017): 182-186. Print.

Osorio, Ruth. “Embodying Truth: Sylvia River’s Delivery of Parrhesia at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally.” Rhetoric Review 36.2 (2017): 151-163.

Simpkins, Neil. “Writing the Body: Writing Centers and Pronouns.” Another Word: From the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 2 Oct. 2017. Web.

Walker, Paul. “Let’s Disagree (to Agree): Queering the Rhetoric of Agreement in Writing Assessment.” Composition Forum 35. Web.

Wargo, Jon M. “Designing More Just Social Futures or Remixing the Radical Present? Reading LGBTQ Youths’ Multimodal (Counter)Storytelling as Activist Practice.” English Teaching: Practice & Critique, 16.2 (2017): 145-160.

Yergeau, Melanie. Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017. Print.


Alexander, Jonathan, and Jacqueline Rhodes, eds. Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics. New York, NY: Routledge, 2016. Print.

Bessette, Jean. “Queer Rhetoric in Situ.” Rhetoric Review 35.2 (2016): 148-164. Print. doi:10.1080/07350198.2016.1142851

Branstetter, Heather Lee. “‘A Mining Town Needs Brothels’: Gossip and the Rhetoric of Sex Work in a While West Mining Community.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 46.5 (2016): 381-409.

Coles, Gregory. “The Exorcism of Language: Reclaimed Derogatory Terms and Their Limits.” College English 78.5 (2016): 424-446.

Dadas, Caroline. “Messy Methods: Queer Methodological Approaches to Researching Social Media.” Computers and Composition 40 (2016): 60-72. Print. doi:10.1016/j.compcom.2016.03.007

Driskell, Qwo-Li. Asegi Stories: Queer Cheroee & Two-Spirit Memory. U of Arizona P, 2016.

Glasby, Hillery. “[ ]: National Day of Silence’s Rhetorical Silence as Performative Rhetorical Activism.” Stillness and Silence. Spec. issue of Liminalities 12.3 (2016). Web.

Gradin, Sherrie. “Can You See Me Now?: Rural Queer Archives and a Call to Action.” Pearson. March 31, 2016. Web.

Hawkins, Ames. “Exhuming Transgenre Ties.” Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture 21 (2016). Web.

Morrissey, Megan Elizabeth. “The Right to Marry: Negotiating (In)dpendence as a U.S. Border Rhetoric.” Communication, Culture, & Critique. (Advance published online). doi:10.1111/cccr.12151

Pritchard, Eric Darnell. Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the politics of Literacy. Carbondale: Southern Illinois U P, 2016. Print.

Shaw, Adrienne, and Katherine Sender, eds. Queer Technologies. Spec. issue of Critical Studies in Media Communication 33.1 (2016). Print.

Sloop, John. “Gender, Silence, and a Queer New World: Caster Semenya and Unfixed Ambiguity.” Gender Testing in Sport: Ethics, Cases and Controversies, edited by Sandy Montanola and Aurélie Olivesi. New York, NY: Routledge, 2016. 168-180.

VanHaitsma, Pamela. “Gossip as Rhetorical Methodology for Queer and Feminist Historiography.” Rhetoric Review 35.2 (2016): 135-147. Print. doi:10.1080/07350198.2016.1142845


Cavallaro, Alexandra J. “Fighting Biblical ‘Textual Harassment’: Queer Rhetorical Pedagogies in the Extracurriculum.” Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture 18 (2015): Web.

Miles, Casey. “Butch Rhetorics.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 20.1 (2015). Web.

Osorio, Ruth. “A Community of Beloved Femmes: The Cultivation of Radical Self-Love in Femme Shark Communique #1.” Peitho 17.2 (2015): 226-248. Web.

Rallin, Aneil, Robert Koch, and Trixie G. Smith, eds. Queer and Now. Spec. issue of The Writing Instructor (2015). Web.

Rand, Erin. “Bad Feelings in Public: Rhetoric, Affect, and Emotion.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 18.1 (2015): 161-175. Print.

Rawson, K. J. “An Inevitably Political Craft.” Transgender Studies Quarterly 2.4 (2015): 544-552.

Rhodes, Jacqueline, and Jonathan Alexander. Techne: Queer Meditations on Writing the Self. Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State U P, 2015. Web.

Unger, Don, and Fernando Sánchez. “Locating Queer Rhetorics: Mapping as an Inventional Method.” Computers and Composition 38 (2015): 96-112. Print. doi:10.1016/j.compcom.2015.09.011

West, Isaac. “Analogizing Interracial and Same-Sex Marriage.” Philosophy and Rhetoric 48.4 (2015): 561-582. doi:10.5325/philrhet.48.4.0561


Glasby, Hillery. “Let Me Queer My Throat: Queer Rhetorics of Negotiation: Marriage Equality and Homonormativity.” Digital Activism. Spec. issue of Harlot 11 (2014). Web.

Görkemli, Serkan. Grassroots Literacies: Lesbian and Gay Activism and the Internet in Turkey. Albany: State U of New York P, 2014. Print.

Johnson, Amber, and Jake Simmons, eds. On Gender and Sexuality. Special section of Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society 4 (2014): Web.

Rodríguez, R. Joseph. “There Are Many Rooms.” Pennsylvania Literary Journal 6.1 (2014): 44-60. Print.


Allen, Julia M. Passionate Commitments: The Lives of Anna Rochester and Grace Hutchins. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2013. Print.

Rihn, Andrew J., and Jay D. Sloan. “‘Rainbows in the Past Were Gay’: LBGTQIA in the WC.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal 10.2 (2013): Web.

Wingard, Jennifer. Branded Bodies, Rhetoric, and the Neoliberal Nation-State. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013. Print.


Alexander, Jonathan, and Jacqueline Rhodes. “Queered.” Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society 2 (2012). Web.

McBeth, Mark, Ian Barnard, Aneil Rallin, Jonathan Alexander, & Andrea A. Lunsford. “Prompts, Props, and Performativity: Commemorating Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.” College Composition and Communication Online 1.1 (2012): Web.

Rawson, K. J. “Archive This! Queering the Archive.” Practicing Research in Writing Studies: Reflexive and Ethically Responsible Research. Eds. Katrina M. Powell and Pamela Yakayoshi. New York: Hampton P, 2012. 237–50.

Rhodes, Jaccueline, & Jonathan Alexander. “Installation, Instantiation, and Performance.” College Composition and Communication Online 1.1 (2012): Web.


Dickerson, Curtis, and Jonathan Rylander. “Queer Consulting: Assessing the Degree to Which Differences Affect a Writing Consultation.” East Central Writing Centers Association (Fall 2011): 7-8. Web.

Doucette, Jonathan. “Composing Queers: The Subversive Potential of the Writing Center.” Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric 8 (2011): 5-15. Web.

Geller, Anne Ellen, Frankie Condon, and Meg Carroll. “Bold: The Everyday Writing Center and the Production of New Knowledge in Antiracist Theory and Practice.” Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change. Eds. Laura Greenfield and Karen Rowan. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2011. 101-123. Print.

Green, Ann E. “‘The Quality of Light’: Using Narrative in a Peer Tutoring Class.” Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change. Eds. Laura Greenfield and Karen Rowan. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2011. 255-272. Print.

Herb, Maggie and Virginia Perdue. “Creating Alliances Across Campus: Exploring Identities and Institutional Relationships.” Before and After the Tutorial: Writing Centers and Institutional Relationships. Eds. Robert Koch, William Macauley, and Nicholas Mauriello, 2011. 75-88. Print.

Marinara, Martha, and Mark McBeth. “Renaming Curiosity/Resisting Ignorance.” Listening to Our Elders: Working and Writing for Change. Eds. Samantha Blackmon, Christina Kirklighter, and Steve Parks. Philadelphia, PA; New City Community Press, 2011. 155-174. Print.


Driskill, Qwo-Li. “Doubleweaving Two-Spirit Critiques: Building Alliances Between Native and Queer Studies.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 16.1–2 (2010): 69-92. Print.

Denny, Harry. “Facing Sex and Gender in the Writing Center.” Facing the Center: Toward an Identity Politics of One-to-One Mentoring. Logan, Utah: Utah State UP, 2010. 87-112. Print.

Eodice, Michele. “Introduction to ‘Queering the Center.'” The Writing Center Journal 30.1 (2010): 92-94.

Jensen, Robin E. Dirty Words: The Rhetoric of Public Sex Education, 1970-1924. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2010. Print.

Rawson, K. J. “Queering Feminist Rhetorical Canonization.” Rhetorica in Motion: Feminist Rhetorical Methods & Methodologies. Eds. Eileen E. Schell and K. J. Rawson. Pittsburgh, PA: U of Pittsburgh P, 2010. 39-52. Print.

Wagoner, Erin B., ed. Sexual Rhetoric in the Works of Joss Whedon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. Print.


Fuller, Linda K. Sexual Sports Rhetoric: Historical and Media Contexts of Violence. New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2009.

Lynch, John. “Articulating Scientific Practice: Understanding Dean Hamer’s ‘Gay Gene’ Study as Overlapping Material, Social and Rhetorical Registers.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 95.4 (2009): 435-456. Print.


Davy, Kate. “Cultural Memory and the Lesbian Archive.” Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process. Ed. Gesa E. Kirsch and Liz Rohan. Carbondale: Southern Illinois U P, 2008. 128-135. Print.


Alexander, Jonathan. “A ‘Sisterly Comaraderie” and Other Queer Friendships: A Gay Teacher Interacting with Straight Students.” The Teacher’s Body: Embodiment, Authority, and Identity in the Academy. Eds. Diane P. Freedman and Martha Stoddard Holmes. Albany: State U of New York P, 2003. 161-177. Print.

Scott, J. Blake. “Extending Rhetorical-Cultural Analysis: Transformations of Home HIV Testing.” College English 65.4 (2003): 349-367. Print.

Sloan, Jay D. “Centering Difference: Student Agency and the Limits of ‘Comfortable’ Collaboration.” Dialogue: A Journal for Writing Specialists 8.2 (2003): 63-74. Print.


Alexander, Jonathan. “Homo-Pages and Queer Sites: Studying the Construction and Representation of Queer Identities on the World Wide Web.” International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies 7.2-3 (2002): 85-106. Print.

Heinz, Bettina. “Enga(y)ging the Discipline: Sexual Minorities and Communication Studies.” Communication Education 51.1 (2002): 95-104. Print.

Scott, J. Blake. “The Public Policy Debate over Newborn HIV Testing: A Case Study of the Knowledge Enthymeme.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 32.2 (2002): 57-83. Print.

Thompson, Julie M. Mommy Dearest: Contemporary Rhetorics of Lesbian Maternal Identity. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 2002. Print.


Cloud, Dana L. “Queer Theory and Family Values.” Transformation [a cultural studies journal out of Syracuse, NY] 2 (2000): 71-114. Print.

Scott, J. Blake. “Putting Women and Newborns to the HIV Test: A Case Study of a Public Policy Topos.” Southern Communication Journal 66.2 (2001): 101-119. Print.


Alexander, Jonathan. “Beyond Identity: Queer Values and Community.” Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity 4.4 (1999): 293-314. Print.

Carstarphen, Meta G., and Susan Zavoina, eds. Sexual Rhetoric: Media Perspectives on Sexuality, Gender, and Identity. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1999. Print.


Alexander, Jonathan. “Hypertext and Queer Theory.” Kairos 2.2 (1998). Web.

Reeves, Carol. “Rhetoric and the AIDS Virus Hunt.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 84.1 (1998): 1-22. Print.


Sloan, Jay D. “Closet Consulting.” The Writing Lab Newsletter 21.10 (1997): 9-10. Print.


Reeves, Carol. “Language, Rhetoric, and AIDS: The Attitudes and Strategies of Key Medical Scientists and Physicians.” Written Communication 13.1 (1996): 130-157. Print. doi:10.1177/0741088396013001006


Darrup, Cathy. “What’s My Role? When a Student is Offensive to You: Where (How?) to Draw the Line.” The Dangling Modifier 1.1 (1994): 2-4. Web.


Reeves, Carol. “Owning a Virus: The Rhetoric of Scientific Discovery Accounts.” Rhetoric Review 10.2 (1992): 321-336. Print.

Sloane, Sarah. “Invisible Diversity: Gay and Lesbian Students Writing Our Way into the Academy.” Writing Ourselves into the Story: Unheard Voices from Composition Studies. Eds. Sheryl Fontaine and Susan Hunter. Carbondale: Southern Illinois U P, 1992. 29-39. Print.


Reeves, Carol. “Establishing the Phenomenon: The Rhetoric of Early Research Reports on on AIDS.” Written Communication 7.3 (1990): 393-416. Print.