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Description - Language and Power on the Rhetorical Stage: Theory in the Body by Fiona Harris Ramsby

Through a fusion of narrative and analysis, Language and Power on the Rhetorical Stage examines how theater can enact critical discourse analysis and how micro-instances of iniquitous language use have been politically and historically reiterated to oppress and deny equal rights to marginalized groups of people.

Drawing from Aristophanes' rhetorical plays as a template for rhetoric in action, the author poses the stage as a rhetorical site whereby we can observe, see, and feel 20th-century rhetorical theories of the body. Using critical discourse analysis and Judith Butler's theories of the performative body as a methodological and analytical lens, the book explores how a handful of American plays in the latter part of the 20th century-the works of Tony Kushner, Suzan Lori-Parks, and John Cameron Mitchell, among others- use rhetoric in order to perform and challenge marginalizing language about groups that are not offered center stage in public and political spheres.

This innovative study initiates a conversation long overdue between scholars in rhetorical and performance studies; as such, it will be essential reading for academic researchers and graduate students in the areas of rhetorical studies, performance studies, theater studies, and critical discourse analysis.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780367421847
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 164
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Dec-2020
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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