Ratcliffe, Krista. “Rhetorical Listening: A Trope for Interpretive Invention and a “Code of CrossCultural Conduct”.” College Composition and Communication, vol. 51, no. 2, 1999, pp. 195-224. Accessed 30 Oct. 2015.
I want to suggest that rhetorical listening may be imagined, generally, as a trope for interpretive invention, one on equal footing with the tropes of reading and writing and speaking. Although rhetorical listening may be employed to hear discursive intersections of any cultural categories (age and class, nationality and history, religion and politics) and any cultural positions (child and parent, patient and doctor, clergy and parishioner, teacher and student) (see Pradl 67-72), my particular interest lies in how it may help us to hear discursive intersections of gender and race/ethnicity’ (including whiteness) so as to help us to facilitate cross-cultural dialogues about any topic. Thus, I want to suggest that rhetorical listening may be imagined, specifically, as what Jacqueline Jones Royster has called a “code of cross-cultural conduct.”(196)