Siegel Finer Publishes Article on Writing About Breast Cancer Gene

Posted on 3/28/2016 10:57:59 AM

“The Rhetoric of Previving: Blogging the Breast Cancer Gene” by Bryna Siegel Finer of the Department of English was published in the March 2016 volume of the peer-reviewed journal, Rhetoric Review.

The article analyzes the blogs of previvors, women with a genetic predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer, and how those blogs function in response to the rhetorical needs of their community, needs that are fillable only in writing, for a specific audience, and to engage that audience to act.

Previvor bloggers have created a rhetorical community in response to specific moments and have fulfilled three common rhetorical needs: to educate others, to advocate for more research into BRCA mutations (gene mutations that may predispose some people to breast or ovarian cancer) and/or breast cancer research in general, and to support others in the BRCA community and beyond that community toward the main purpose of social action.

Department of English