Title page for ETD etd-11102005-121031

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Moss, Christina L.
URN etd-11102005-121031
Title Re-Conceptualizing Southern Rhetoric: A Meta-Critical Pespective
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Communication Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Laura Sells Committee Chair
Andrew King Committee Member
Harold Mixon Committee Member
Rodger Payne Committee Member
Ron Garay Dean's Representative
  • Charlotte Hawkins Brown
  • league of the south
  • Zell Miller
  • parody
  • constitutive rhetoric
  • southern rhetoric
  • southern rhetorical history
Date of Defense 2005-10-28
Availability unrestricted
The study of southern rhetoric and public address remains important to the study of American rhetoric and public address. However, recent years indicate a decline in the amount and variety of scholarship in this area of study. This project provides a meta-critical analysis of the history of southern rhetorical scholarship, focusing mainly on southern public address. By tracing ideology from the Agrarians, Richard Weaver, Dallas Dickey, Waldo Braden, Stephen Smith, and Stuart Towns, clear attitudes and definitions of the South, southern identity and southern rhetoric evolved to create an area of study in much need of revision.

The remainder of the project suggests theoretical approaches such as Maurice Charlandís use of constitutive rhetoric and Linda Hutcheonís theory of parody as just a sample of possible ways southern rhetorical studies may be further developed. These theoretical views are used in light of three case studies a grassroots organization known as the League of the South, a southern politician Senator Zell Millerís speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention, and a 1919 African American education activist Charlotte Hawkins Brown. These case studies show the need for re-conceptualizing southern rhetoric and re-evaluating the limited canon now facing southern public address.

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