ERIC Number: ED184154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Rhetoric of Mary Daly: The Rhetoric of Naming.
As an initial step toward discovering whether a separate genre of women's rhetoric exists, this paper analyzes rhetorical forms used by Mary Daly in the book "Gyn/Ecology." The paper first outlines criteria for determining whether a form has rhetorical significance and traces the historical background of the contemporary feminist movement. It then notes Daly's purposes in "Gyn/Ecology"--including the stimulation of readers to exorcise elements of patriarchy by claiming control over language and to affirm the vision of a woman-identified society--and summarizes the book's context and presumed audience. It next analyzes a number of Daly's stylistic strategies, including the use of unusual linguistic devices to create new meanings, the use of archaic word definitions free of patriarchal influences, and the mixing of analogies to demonstrate the widespread persuasiveness of stereotyping and naming. Its analysis of Daly's substantive strategies stresses that the inherent structure of the book affirms women's power to transcend societal biases and that the "Sado-Ritual Syndrome" described in the book is used to demonstrate the power of patriarchy and the need for women to escape from it. The paper concludes by pointing to problems in Daly's utopian vision and by noting that although Daly's forms meet the criteria for rhetorical significance, they do not in themselves prove the existence of a genre of women's rhetoric. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Daly (Mary)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (65th, San Antonio, TX, November 10-13, 1979).