Lisa Zimmerelli, Ph.D., assistant professor of writing and writing center director, has received the Charles Kneupper Award from the Rhetoric Society of America for her article on Frances Willard published in the 2012 Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
The award is given annually to recognize the most significant contribution to scholarship in rhetoric published in the society's journal. Zimmerelli's article, "'The Stereoscopic View of Truth’: The Feminist Theological Rhetoric of Frances Willard's Woman in the Pulpit," offers a close reading of the rhetorical and theological features of the book authored by Willard, a noted educator, temperance worker, and women’s suffragist.
"I was inspired to write the piece because I believed I could make a contribution to Willard scholarship particularly and to 19th century scholarship more broadly," said Zimmerelli. "My analysis of Woman in the Pulpit challenges the idea that a 19th century female activist adopted either a separate spheres ideology based on a rhetoric of morality or an equality ideology based on a rhetoric of natural rights. Willard is almost always portrayed as squarely situated in the former, a conservative temperance zealot, at odds with feminist activists of her day. In fact, as I argue in the essay, Willard's resolution to separate spheres ideology is quite radical."
Zimmerelli's article was lauded by the society for being exceptionally well written and engaging in a clear argument, incorporating extensive research from both primary and secondary sources.
She is the co-recipient of this year's award. More information is available rhetoricsociety.org.