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Jessica Enoch

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Professor, English

(301) 405-3761

1116 Tawes Hall
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Research Expertise

Language, Writing and Rhetoric
Women's Literature and Feminist Theory

Jessica Enoch’s teaching and research focus on feminist rhetorics and pedagogies, feminist memory studies, spatial rhetorics, rhetorical education, histories of rhetoric and composition, as well as literacy studies. Her first book Refiguring Rhetorical Education: Women Teaching African American, Native American, and Chicano/a Students, revisits the seemingly innocuous figure of the nineteenth-century female teacher to investigate the radical iterations of rhetorical education that women teachers have produced (Southern Illinois UP, 2008). Her second monograph Domestic Occupations: Spatial Rhetorics and Women's Work (Southern Illinois UP, 2019) works at the intersection of space, rhetoric, and gender to investigate how the material and discursive constructions of the home have both enabled and constrained women’s entrance into professional occupations and spaces. Her co-edited, bilingual critical anthology with Cristina Ramírez titled Mestiza Rhetorics: An Anthology of Mexicana Activism in the Spanish-Language Press,1887-1922 will be published by Southern Illinois UP in 2020. Her current research project considers how a feminist rhetorical analytic can shape and redirect memory studies. She has also published work on archival research methods and pedagogies, Kenneth Burke, and students' revision and reflection practices.