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Deanna McGaughey-Summers

On Gender and Rhetorical Space, R. Mountford

  1. Roxanne Mountford 
    Rhetoric Society Quarterly 
    Vol. 31, Iss. 12001



In this essay I call critical attention to the role of physical location in rhetorical situations, naming this aspect of communication “rhetorical space.”; Rhetorical space is the geography of a communicative event, and, like all landscapes, may include both the cultural and material arrangement, whether intended or fortuitous, of a location. Drawing on the observations of novelists, philosophers, anthropologists, cultural geographers, and architectural historians, I explore the dimensions of this concept through an investigation of the pulpit, a rhetorical space that communicates a message to the audience quite apart from the sermon.


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