A Black Woman as Rhetorical Critic

Validating Self and Violating the Space of Otherness

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Abstract

This essay explores a Black woman rhetorical critic's search to re-cover Black women's rhetorical traditions in America, which centers Black women's epistemology in a rhetoric of survival. A Black woman rhetorical critic locates self and violates the space of otherness through an African-American women's rhetorical tradition that endorses an ethic of care, dialogue for a meaning-making partnership, and a vision of unity in humanity. Hence, a Black feminist approach to rhetorical criticism celebrates the theoretical significance of the “ordinariness of everyday life” to reveal Black women's ways of crafting identities within an oppressive, socially-constructed reality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-90
Number of pages14
JournalWomen's Studies in Communication
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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A Black Woman as Rhetorical Critic : Validating Self and Violating the Space of Otherness. / Davis, Olga.

In: Women's Studies in Communication, Vol. 21, No. 1, 1998, p. 77-90.

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