Telling Political Lives: The Rhetorical Autobiographies of Women Leaders in the United States

Telling Political Lives: The Rhetorical Autobiographies of Women Leaders in the United States

by Brenda DeVore Marshall
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0739119478

ISBN-13: 9780739119471

Pub. Date: 06/19/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

This book investigates the autobiographical writings of Barbara Jordan, Patricia Schroeder, Geraldine Ferraro, Elizabeth Dole, Wilma Mankiller, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and Christine Todd Whitman. These eight women represent the diversity that permeates the cultural backgrounds, life adventures, and ideologies women bring to the political table.

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This book investigates the autobiographical writings of Barbara Jordan, Patricia Schroeder, Geraldine Ferraro, Elizabeth Dole, Wilma Mankiller, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and Christine Todd Whitman. These eight women represent the diversity that permeates the cultural backgrounds, life adventures, and ideologies women bring to the political table. From differences in race, class, and geographic location, to variations in personal and family experiences, religious beliefs, and political ideology, these women illustrate many of the divergent standpoints from which women craft their lives in the United States. Each essay focuses on the autobiographical text as political discourse and therefore, as an appropriate site for the rhetorical construction of a personal and civic self situated within local and national political communities. The collection examines issues such as the intersection between the 'politicization of the private and the personalization of the public' evident in the women's narratives; the description of U.S. politics the women provide in their writings; the ways in which the women's personal stories craft arguments about their political ideologies; the strategies these women leaders employ in navigating the gendered double-binds of politics; and, the manner in which the women's discourse serves to encourage, instruct, and empower future women leaders. The analyses embody and explicate the political and rhetorical strategies these leaders employ in their efforts to act on their convictions, highlight the need for and reality of women's involvement in all levels of politics, and serve as an impetus and inspiration for scholars and activists alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739119471
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
06/19/2008
Series:
Lexington Studies in Political Communication Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 1. Women's Autobiography as Political Discourse Chapter 6 2. Getting from There to Here: Political Rhetoric and African American Orality inBarbara Jordan: A Self Portrait Chapter 7 3. From Housework to House Work: The Political Autobiographies of Patricia Schroeder Chapter 8 4. The "Feisty" Feminist from Queens: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of the Autobiographies of Geraldine Ferraro Chapter 9 5. Just Like "Azaleas in the Spring": Elizabeth Dole as a Daughter of the South Chapter 10 6. All Our Relations: Wilma Mankiller's Rhetoric of Feminist Ecology and Indian Sovereignty Chapter 11 7. The Personal is Political: Negotiating Publicity and Privacy in Hillary Rodham Clinton'sLiving History Chapter 12 8. Madeleine Albright and the Rhetoric ofMadame Secretary Chapter 13 9. Finding the Sensible Center: Christine Todd Whitman'sIt's My Party Too as Activist Autobiography Chapter 14 Conclusion Chapter 15 Bibliography Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 About the Contributors

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