The Style and Rhetoric of Elizabeth Dole

The Style and Rhetoric of Elizabeth Dole : Public Persona and Political Discourse

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This book analyses the public discourse of Elizabeth Dole. It explores the way in which this trail-blazing public figure navigated the double binds that confront women who obtain and exercise political power. The text argues that Dole crafted a conservative, feminine persona in which she depicted herself as a selfless public servant. This sense of servant was defined through Dole's appeal to the transcendent moral purposes of Christianity. She used this image to great effect in her most noteworthy public addresses, especially her 1996 Republican National Convention speech in support of her husband's presidential campaign. In her 2008 unsuccessful North Carolina U.S. Senate reelection campaign Elizabeth Dole's political style unraveled in the face of a series of effective attacks by her opponent, Kay Hagan, and her own desperate rhetorical appeals to stave off more

Product details

  • Hardback | 154 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739182374
  • 9780739182376

Review quote

This important and provocative book examines the complex character and rhetorical style of Elizabeth Dole. The book illustrates the multiple challenges Dole faced as a political spouse, candidate, cabinet officer, and elected official struggling to maintain a moderate political identity in a Republican Party that was becoming increasingly strident and uncompromising. -- Tom Hollihan, University of Southern California The Style and Rhetoric of Elizabeth Dole provides an insightful analysis of Mrs. Dole's rhetorical career and makes an important contribution to our understanding of women's political speech. -- Aysel Morin, East Carolina Universityshow more

About Rachel B. Friedman

Rachel Friedman is assistant professor of communication studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Ronald Lee is professor of communication studies at the University of more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter One: Dole's Personal Life Chapter Two: Women's Struggles with Power and Politics Chapter Three: Analysis of Dole's Public Persona Chapter Four: The Unraveling of Elizabeth Dole's Image Conclusionshow more