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Gender and rhetorical space in American life , 1866-1910
The author demonstrates that after the Civil War, nonacademic or 'parlor' traditions of rhetorical performance helped to sustain the icon of the white middle class woman as queen of her domestic sphere by promoting a code of rhetorical behavior for women that required the performance of conventional femininity. Through an examination of the boundaries of that gendered rhetorical space-and the debate about who should occupy that space - Johnson explores the codes governing and challenging the American woman's proper rhetorical sphere in the postbellum years. While men were learning to preach, practice law, and set political policies, women were reading elocution manuals, letter-writing handbooks, and other conduct literature. These texts reinforced the conservative message that women's words mattered, but mattered mostly in the home. Postbellum pedagogical materials were designed to educate Americans in rhetorical skills, but they also persistently directed the American woman to the domestic sphere as her proper rhetorical space. Even though these materials appeared to urge the white middle class women to become effective speakers and writers, convention dictated that a woman's place was at the hearthside, where her rhetorical talents were to be used in counseling and instructing as a mother and wife.
Johnson, Nan
retorica / sociale klasse / huisvrouwen / etniciteit / vrouwbeelden / witte vrouwen / 19e eeuw / 20e eeuw
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