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Gender and Rhetorical Space in American Life, 1866-1910

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Nan Johnson 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 a lucid 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 ...

Gender and Rhetorical Space in American Life, 1866-1910 2002, Southern Illinois University Press

ISBN-13: 9780809324262

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