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Quarterly Journal of Speech: Consciousness-raising as a collective rhetoric: the articulation of experience in the Redstockings' abortion speak-out of 1969.

This essay offers a theory of collective rhetoric derived from a case study of a central rhetorical event of the second wave of feminism, the Redstockings' 1969 abortion speak-out. A central rhetorical function of consciousness-raising was the collective development of experienced knowledge. I propose that collective rhetorics are characterized by the collaborative articulation of individual experiences through such rhetorical processes as narrative, irony and humor, and symbolic reversal. I conclude by discussing the importance of collective rhetorical processes in feminist contacts and the potential utility of a theory of collective rhetoric in understanding a range of contemporary discursive forms.

91(4), 2005, 395-422.

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Author:Dubriwny, Tasha N.
Publication:Women and Language
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2006
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