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Christina R. Foust

Christina R. FoustChristina R. Foust is an associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Denver. Foust's research and teaching engage rhetoric, power, and social change in a variety of contexts, including social movements, political discourse and pop culture. Foust's current projects focus on re-theorizing relationships between resistance and the body, social subjectivity and collective action, in light of global justice movement rhetoric. 
Her 2010 book, Transgression as a Mode of Resistance, outlines distinctions between hegemonic and transgressive theories and practices of social change, particularly as they might influence rhetorical approaches to social movement and rhetorical criticism. Foust has also published essays critiquing consumerism in the context of film and public space; as well as the rise of contemporary American conservatism; and the political, cultural, and economic assault on higher education. As a rhetorical critic, she abides (as much as possible) by Kenneth Burke's maxim, "The main ideal of criticism...is to use all that there is to use."

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