Women's Irony: Rewriting Feminist Rhetorical Histories (Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms)
- Publish Date: 2015-07-21
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Tarez Samra Graban
InWomens Irony: Rewriting Feminist Rhetorical Histories,author Tarez Samra Graban synthesizes three decades offeministscholarship in rhetoric, linguistics, and philosophy to present irony as a criticalparadigmfor feminist rhetorical historiography that is not linked to humor, lying, or intention. Using irony as a form of ideological disruption, this innovative approach allows scholars to challenge simplistic narratives of who harmed, and who was harmed, throughout rhetorical history.
Three case studies of womens political discourse between 1600 and 1900examining the work of Anne Askew, Anne Hutchinson, and Helen M. Gougardemonstrate how reading historical texts ironically complicates the theoretical relationships between women and agency, language and history, and archival location and memory. Interwoven throughout are shorter case studies from twentieth-century performances, revealing ironys consciousness-raising potential for the present and the future.
Ultimately, Womens Ironysuggests alternative ways to question womens histories and consider how contemporary feminist discourse might be better historicized. Graban challenges critical methods in rhetoric, asking scholars in rhetoric and its related disciplinescomposition, communication, and English studiesto rethink how they produce historical knowledge and use archives to recover womens performances in political situations.