Women Physicians and Professional Ethos in Nineteenth-Century America - Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms (Paperback)Carolyn Skinner (author)
- We can order this
Women Physicians and Professional Ethos provides a unique example of how women influenced both popular and medical discourse. This volume is especially notable because it considers the work of African American and American Indian women professionals. Drawing on a range of books, articles, and speeches, Carolyn Skinner analyses the rhetorical practices of nineteenth-century American women physicians. She redefines ethos in a way that reflects the persuasive efforts of women who claimed the authority and expertise of the physician with great difficulty.
Descriptions of ethos have traditionally been based on masculine communication and behaviour, leaving women's rhetorical situations largely unaccounted for. Skinner's feminist model considers the constraints imposed by material resources and social position, the reciprocity between speaker and audience, the effect of one rhetor's choices on the options available to others, the connections between ethos and genre, the potential for ethos to be developed and used collectively by similarly situated people, and the role ethos plays in promoting social change. Extending recent theorisations of ethos as a spatial, ecological, and potentially communal concept, Skinner identifies nineteenth-century women physicians' rhetorical strategies and outlines a feminist model of ethos that gives readers a more nuanced understanding of how this mode of persuasion operates for all speakers and writers.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"Carolyn Skinner's book offers a compelling analysis of argument strategies and ethos, supported by meticulous rhetorical scholarship and presented in a nimble style. Skinner offers a nuanced and accurate portrayal of the development of the medical profession in the late nineteenth century and shows how women organized public lives during those years."--Susan Wells, Temple University
You may also be interested in...
Please sign in to write a review