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ERIC Number: ED182797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Communication and the Sexes: Instructional Strategies; A Rhetorical Perspective.
Berry, Elizabeth
The speech communication department at California State University, Northridge, offers a course entitled, "Rhetoric of Women," that combines a traditional rhetorical criticism approach with recent women's studies research. The course is organized topically, moving from the general to a more specific examination of variables that operate in the rhetorical situation. Students begin by examining a sample analysis of Barbara Jordan's speech to the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives. Additionally they read analysis of other women's speeches. Sex roles and sex role stereotypes serve as a basis for understanding audience expectations of women speakers. The next units concern rhetoric from a feminist perspective and three aspects of the rhetorical act: credibility, language, and nonverbal communication. The units that follow focus on women's use of language and its effect on women and women's nonverbal behavior. By the end of the course, students have read materials from a number of sources and disciplines and are able to synthesize the research about women as it relates to women speakers. They have also viewed and criticized videotapes of women speakers. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (65th, San Antonio, TX, November 10-13, 1979)