CHR Book Launch- Courtney Adams Wooten, Childfree and Happy: Transforming the Rhetoric of Women's Reproductive Choices

Monday, March 25, 2024 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT
Hybrid Event in Horizon Hall 6325 and on Zoom

Please join us for a CHR Book Launch! 

Courtney Adams Wooten will be in conversation with David Powers Corwin about her new book, Childfree and Happy  Transforming the Rhetoric of Women's Reproductive Choices.

Childfree and Happy examines how millennia of reproductive beliefs (or doxa) have positioned women who choose not to have children as deviant or outside the norm. Considering affect and emotion alongside the lived experiences of women who have chosen not to have children, Wooten offers a new theoretical lens to feminist rhetorical scholars’ examinations of reproductive rhetorics and how they circulate through women’s lives by paying attention not just to spoken or written beliefs but also to affectual circulations of reproductive doxa. 

Through interviews with thirty-four childfree women and analysis of childfree rhetorics circulating in historical and contemporary texts and events, this book demonstrates how childfree women individually and collectively try to speak back to common beliefs about their reproductive experiences, even as they struggle to make their identities legible in a sociocultural context that centers motherhood. Childfree and Happy theorizes how affect and rhetoric work together to circulate reproductive doxa by using Sara Ahmed’s theories of gendered happiness scripts to analyze what reproductive doxa is embedded in those scripts and how they influence rhetoric by, about, and around childfree women.

This will be a hybrid event taking place in Horizon Hall 6325 and on Zoom. The zoom link will be distributed through CHR's newsletter in the weeks leading up to the Book Launch. 

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Courtney Adams Wooten is associate chair of composition and assistant professor of writing and rhetoric at George Mason University. She is a coeditor of The Things We Carry and WPAs in Transition, and her work has been published in College English, Composition Studies, WPA, Academic Labor: Research and Artistry, Harlot, and Peitho, as well as in several edited collections.

David Powers Corwin is an assistant professor in the School of Integrative Studies and teaches courses for Women and Gender Studies, the Composition program, and the Honors College. They hold a B.A. in English and Humanities from Milligan University, and an MAIS in Women and Gender Studies, an MA in English literature, and a Ph.D. in Writing and Rhetoric--all from Mason. 

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