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“Tomlinson provides an interesting window into how discursive power is built, dismantled, and rebuilt. This book is brave: it takes on three different disciplinary areas and ones not likely to be thought of together—socio-legal studies, musicology, and science studies. Tomilinson deftly demonstrates how powerful and insightful feminist arguments can be deflected, dismantled, or misrepresented by rhetoric that is not simply misogynist but rather generated within the rhetorical fields of the disciplinary in response or reaction to feminism itself. Rarely have I seen someone so thoroughly analyze how rhetoric operates successfully as politically-inflected argument.”—Stephanie A. Smith, Professor of English, University of Florida

“Tomlinson perceptively reveals intersections between arenas of social life and scholarship that we have been taught to contain within disciplining boxes. Her insights enable us to turn efforts to silence critical voices into sites for discerning links between affect and power—and disrupting them.”—Charles . Briggs, co-author of Stories in the Time of Cholera

“Barbara Tomlinson handily moves the feminist project into the realm of argument, where she shakes up the very foundation of traditional argument, By interrogating the trope of the angry feminist,’ Tomlinson demonstrates the ways gendered, raced, and classed iterations of power saturate argument, its scenes, valences, and, most of all, normalized praxes. Her wide-ranging excursion—from law and consumer culture to musicolog and biology—reveals how tethered we all are to dominant (authoritative) discourses, despite our resistance and repudiation. Her analysis is brilliant; her examples are extraordinarily powerful.”—Cheryl Glenn, Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Penn State University