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ERIC Number: EJ879725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
Composing Women's Civic Identities during the Progressive Era: College Commencement Addresses as Overlooked Rhetorical Sites
Bordelon, Suzanne
College Composition and Communication, v61 n3 p510-533 Feb 2010
This essay examines women's commencement addresses presented from 1910 to 1915 at Vassar College. These addresses are significant because they reveal the students' rhetorical education and the "available means" upon which these women drew in developing a public voice. By prompting reflection and the potential for change, the commencement addresses also demonstrate the civic importance of epideictic rhetoric. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York