Antebellum American Women's Poetry: A Rhetoric of Sentiment - Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms (Paperback)Wendy Dasler Johnson (author)
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In this volume, author Wendy Dasler Johnson considers the logos, ethos, and pathos-aims, writing personae, and audience appeal-of poems by African American abolitionist Frances Watkins Harper, working-class prophet Lydia Huntley Sigourney, and feminist socialite Julia Ward Howe. Johnson asserts that the logos of antebellum women's sentimental poetry, like that of men's writing, aims to discuss social issues facing a young United States. She articulates the ethos of the poems of Harper, who presents herself as a properly domestic black woman, nevertheless stepping boldly into Northern pulpits to insist slavery be abolished; the poetry of Sigourney, whose speaker is a feisty, working-class, ambiguously gendered prophet; and the works of Howe, who juggles her fame as the reformist "Battle Hymn" lyricist and motherhood of five children with an erotic Continental sentimentalism.
Antebellum American Women's Poetry makes a strong case for restoration of a compelling system of persuasion through poetry usually dismissed from studies of rhetoric. This remarkable book will change the way we think about women's rhetoric in the nineteenth century, inviting readers to hear and respond to urgent, muffled appeals for justice in our own day.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm