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By and for a feminist rhetorical theory : constituting cultural identity in Isocrates' "Helen"

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By and for a feminist rhetorical theory : constituting cultural identity in Isocrates' "Helen"

Nishihira, Nanako (2003) By and for a feminist rhetorical theory : constituting cultural identity in Isocrates' "Helen". Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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In this thesis I address the reevaluation of the ancient Greek pedagogue and logographer Isocrates' "Helen" as an example of feminist rhetoric in contemporary rhetorical studies. Through a focus on a specific object/subject, Helen of Troy, I explore the relationship between pedagogy and feminist rhetoric. I argue that the use of a feminine subject is a rhetorical strategy whereby Isocrates constitutes and displays a new Athenian identity, teaching what Athenian culture stands for. As well, I examine the process of materializing Helen's subjectivity in the Panhellenic discourse. My theoretical analysis is conducted within the development of feminist rhetoric in contemporary rhetorical studies, Jacques Derrida's idea of law and Judith Butler's performativity theory. A discussion of the feminine subject, authority, and performative force is key to my analysis.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Nishihira, Nanako
Pagination:vi, 85 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Communication Studies
Date:2003
Thesis Supervisor(s):Nadeau, Chantal
ID Code:2088
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:25
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:24
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