Much to our delight, our call for this special issue on family rhetoric attracted a record number of submissions. For some, the connection was deeply personal; for others, cultural representations of family and/or the role of various communities on family drew shrewd attention. Ultimately, the pieces in this issue were selected not only for their brilliant and creative insights about family rhetoric (how family members communicate with each other) and the rhetoric of family (how culture and society inform us about the meaning of family), but also because they represent an array of perspectives, experiences, and forms of expressing our connections and disconnections with family. They teach us what “runs in the family” means and how family is manufactured, lived, understood, and reproduced.
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Muhlhauser, Paul and Bradbury, Kelly
"Harlot Runs in the Family,"
Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion: