Appropriate[Ing] Dress: Women's Rhetorical Style in Nineteenth-Century America / Edition 3

Appropriate[Ing] Dress: Women's Rhetorical Style in Nineteenth-Century America / Edition 3

by Carol Mattingly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809324288

ISBN-13: 9780809324286

Pub. Date: 03/01/2002

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Carol Mattingly examines the importance of dress and appearance for nineteenth-century women speakers and explores how women appropriated gendered conceptions of dress and appearance to define the struggle for representation and power that is rhetoric. Although crucial to women’s effectiveness as speakers, Mattingly notes, appearance has been ignored because

Overview

Carol Mattingly examines the importance of dress and appearance for nineteenth-century women speakers and explores how women appropriated gendered conceptions of dress and appearance to define the struggle for representation and power that is rhetoric. Although crucial to women’s effectiveness as speakers, Mattingly notes, appearance has been ignored because it was taken for granted by men.

Because women rarely spoke in public before the nineteenth century, no guidelines existed regarding appropriate dress when they began to speak to audiences. Dress evoked immediate images of gender, an essential consideration for women speakers because of its strong association with place, locating women in the domestic sphere and creating a primary image that women speakers would work with—and against—throughout the century. Opposition to conspicuous change for women often necessitated the subtle transfer of comforting images when women sought to inhabit traditionally masculine spaces. The most successful women speakers carefully negotiated expectations by highlighting some conventions even as they broke others.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809324286
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Series:
Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresxi
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxvii
Introduction: Fabricated Gender1
1.Friendly Dress: A Disciplined Use17
2.Blooming Celebrity: The Flowering of a National Ethos37
3.Restraining Women's Rhetoric: Backlash Against the Reform Dress62
4.The Language of Passing and Desire: The Rhetoric of Cross-Dressing85
5.[Re]Fashioning a Proper Image by Dressing the Part107
Conclusion: Dress and Body as Spectacle135
Notes147
Works Cited157
Index169

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