The Rhetorics of Feminism
Readings in Contemporary Cultural Theory and the Popular Press
By Lynne Pearce
Routledge – 2003 – 256 pages
Is it possible that changes in rhetorical practice could alter not just how thought is expressed, but also how it is made? Through a close stylistic and rhetorical analysis of contemporary feminist writing - from the cultural theory of Judith Butler to the popular journalism of Naomi Wolf and Germaine Greer - Lynne Pearce demonstrates how feminist thought is created as well as communicated through the frameworks in which it is presented. By linking rhetorical innovation with feminist epistemology in such a direct way, this is a book that will be of immense methodological as well as theoretical interest to readers, providing valuable insight into the often mysterious processes of conception and composition.
Part I - Pronouns 1. Im/personal Pronouns 2. First Person Personal 3. First Person Strategic Part II - Arguments 4. Writing the Body - or Not 5. Hypothesising in the Feminine 6. Queer Stories and Troubled Testimonies
Lynne Pearce is Professor in Literary Theory and Women's Writing at the University of Lancaster.