Defining womanhood: Lucretia Coffin Mott and the transformation of femininity

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Kenneth Burke claims that “bridging devices”; are important symbolic tools for overcoming division within a social order. This study investigates the use of “bridging devices”; through an analysis of an early feminist text: Lucretia Coffin Mott's “Discourse on Woman”; (1849). Mott uses the Quaker concept of the “inner light”; to balance the tension between her conservative cultural milieu and her radical goals. Mott's rhetoric is instructive for modern feminists who face the task of uniting women with widely disparate cultural roots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-97
Number of pages13
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication


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