Lives of Their Own: Rhetorical Dimensions in Autobiographies of Women Activists

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Lives of Their Own explores how five exceptional turn-of-the-century women crafted autobiographies that became compelling, persuasive models for the women of their generation. Although Frances Willard, Anna Howard Shaw, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Emma Goldman, and Mary Church Terrell were not among the first women to cut a path into the mainstream of American life or the only women of their era to lead movements for social change, they were among the first to publish narratives of their lives. Martha Watson provides glimpses not only of the women themselves but also of the autobiographical genre as a dimension of public rhetorical discourse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570032004
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Studies in Rhetoric/Communication Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 149
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Preface
Ch. 1 Autobiographies as Persuasion: A Rhetorical Perspective on Personal Historical Narratives 1
Ch. 2 The Nature of Autobiography 15
Ch. 3 Emma Goldman as a Liberated Woman: A Feminist Writes an Anarchist Life 31
Ch. 4 Frances Willard as Protector of the Home: The Progressive, Divinely Inspired Woman by James Kimble 47
Ch. 5 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Anna Howard Shaw as Womanly Leaders: Consciousness, Commitment, and Character 63
Ch. 6 Mary Church Terrell as A Colored Woman in a White World: Demonstration and Evidence in Autobiography 82
Ch. 7 When and Where I Enter: Autobiographies as Public Rhetoric 103
Notes 121
Bibliography 136
Index 145
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