edited by Casey Boyle and Jenny Rice
contributions by Jordan Frith, Michael Odom, Ryan Skinnell, William Burdette, Victor J. Vitanza, Jennifer D Carlson, Donna Dunbar-Odom, Barry Brummett, Brian McNely, Jillian Sayre, James J. Brown, Jr., Megan Gianfagna, Amy Young, Nate Kreuter, James Chase Sanchez, Cynthia Haynes and Doug Eskew
Southern Illinois University Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-0-8093-3651-7 | Paper: 978-0-8093-3650-0
Library of Congress Classification P301.3.T49I58 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 808.04209764

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.