Barbara Tomlinson

Professor Emeriti


Feminist Theory & Analysis, Gender & Literature, Critical Race Theory


1980 Ph.D. University of California, Riverside (rhetoric and composition, reading, curriculum, English education

1970 M.A. University of California, Berkeley (comparative English & French literatures)

1970 Teaching Credentials University of California, Berkeley (elementary, secondary, and reading specialist)

1968 A.B. University of California, Berkeley ( English literature with honors)


Areas of Study:

  • rhetoric & feminist politics
  • feminist theory & analysis
  • culture & affect
  • critical race theory
  • disciplinary & interdisciplinary discourses
  • gender & literature
  • feminist science studies
  • culture & reproduction
  • composition theory & pedagogy



Feminism and Affect at the Scene of Argument: Beyond the Trope of the Angry Feminist.Philadelphia, PN: Temple U P, 2010.

Authors on Writing: Metaphors and Intellectual Labor. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Writing Truth to Power: Academic Argument and Social Justice. Co-authored with George Lipsitz. In progress.


My work on rhetoric and affect in feminist and antifeminist argument in sociolegal studies, feminist musicology, and feminist science studies has appeared in Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Cultural Critique, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology, Journal of American Studies, and Literatura e Estudos Culturais/ Literature and Cultural Studies. Other work, particularly on metaphor and composing processes, has appeared in Cultural Sociology, Written Communication, Metaphor and Symbolic Activity, the Journal of College Reading and Learning and edited collections.