Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life

Ecological Approaches

  • Bridie McGreavy
  • Justine Wells
  • George F. McHendry, Jr.
  • Samantha Senda-Cook

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Justine Wells, Bridie McGreavy, Samantha Senda-Cook, George F. McHendry Jr.
    Pages 1-36
  3. Returning to Change

  4. Ecological Engagements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Joshua P. Ewalt
      Pages 141-166
  5. Ethical Attunements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Nathaniel A. Rivers
      Pages 169-196
    3. Caroline Gottschalk Druschke, Candice Rai
      Pages 197-221
    4. Samantha Senda-Cook Jr., George F. McHendry Jr.
      Pages 223-250
  6. Toward Justice and Care

  7. Bridie McGreavy, Justine Wells, George F. McHendry Jr., Samantha Senda-Cook
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 355-368

About this book


This volume brings together three areas of scholarship and practice: rhetoric, material life, and ecology.  The chapters build a multi-layered understanding of material life by gathering scholars from varied theoretical and critical traditions around the common theme of ecology. Emphasizing relationality, connectedness and context, the ecological orientation we build informs both rhetorical theory and environmentalist interventions.  Contributors offer practical-theoretical inquiries into several areas - rhetoric’s cosmologies, the trophe, bioregional rhetoric’s, nuclear colonialism, and more - collectively forging new avenues of communication among scholars in environmental communication, communication studies, and rhetoric and composition. This book aims at inspiring and advancing ecological thinking, demonstrating its value for rhetoric and communication as well as for environmental thought and action.


rhetoric ecology material life environment nuclear colonialism composition environmental action

Editors and affiliations

  • Bridie McGreavy
    • 1
  • Justine Wells
    • 2
  • George F. McHendry, Jr.
    • 3
  • Samantha Senda-Cook
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Communication and JournalismUniversity of MaineOronoUSA
  2. 2.Department of EnglishNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  3. 3.Department of Communication StudiesCreighton UniversityOmahaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Communication StudiesCreighton UniversityOmahaUSA

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