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Radio Rhetor

Title: Radio Rhetor: The Rhetorical Practices of Mary Margaret McBride.
Name(s): Rea, Elizabeth Ashley, author
Fleckenstein, Kristie S., professor directing thesis
Yancey, Kathleen Blake, 1950-, committee member
Graban, Tarez Samra, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of English, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Master Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (180 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This project presents an analysis of the rhetorical practices of famed radio host Mary Margaret McBride as examined through a selection of her recorded radio broadcasts and written works. Following the tradition of feminist rhetorical histories, this work seeks to expand the canon of rhetors studied to include an overlooked but significant female rhetor and the understudied medium of radio. In this thesis, I pose the questions: 1) What rhetorical practices characterize Mary Margaret McBride’s performances of sonic rhetoric? 2) How do these practices and her medium of radio intersect? 3) How did McBride’s practices align with or diverge from her gendered identities, especially in regards to private and public boundaries? Through this project, I characterize McBride’s rhetorical practices as: (1) a conversational style and direct address; (2) indirect questions with digression and self-deprecation; (3) memory and anecdote; and (4) vivid description and emotive language. From this analysis, I posit that McBride’s practices show her awareness of radio’s position between public and private spheres, allow her to connect with her audiences, challenge the public and private binary, and foster new norms for feminine discourse.
Identifier: FSU_SUMMER2017_Rea_fsu_0071N_13998 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: April 24, 2017.
Keywords: feminist rhetorical history, Mary Margaret McBride, radio
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Kristie Fleckenstein, Professor Directing Thesis; Kathleen Yancey, Committee Member; Tarez Graban, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Rhetoric
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Rea, E. A. (2017). Radio Rhetor: The Rhetorical Practices of Mary Margaret McBride. Retrieved from