ERIC Number: ED332207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Rhetorics of Resistance.
Allen, Julia M.
A critical rhetoric is needed for those interested in feminist discourse, a means of both persuasion and critique. It has been suggested that monologic, fundamentally one-sided argument is inappropriate for a feminist discourse that should instead teach methods of negotiation and mediation. Kenneth Burke proposed shattering views of ideological correctness, or "pieties," by juxtaposing a piety with another view of a different ideological stripe in such a way as to weaken or disintegrate the piety. A student in an upper division course in the rhetoric of feminist discourse practiced Burke's technique in writing a description of June Cleaver. Feminist writers have developed this technique as well. Frequently, feminists and others interested in social change also employ the technique of reversal--turning the seemingly natural on its head. Critics have observed that because the ruling class has a vested interest in maintaining univocity and the appearance of univocity as a naturally occurring phenomenon, aspects of struggle between two or more social languages (what has been termed "dialogism" by Mikhail Bakhtin) are often muted, obscured, or even censored. Periods of revolution improve prospects for more open dialogism. Feminist critics can recombine existing language features to create new discourse. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Feminist Criticism; Rhetorical Strategies; Writing Models
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).