The taming of Polos/Polis: Rhetoric as an achievement without woman

Jane Sutton

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This essay describes how “rhetoric” came to be written historically in relation to woman's body. It shows how rhetoric, etymologically linked with both woman and horse, was progressively “tamed” into a non‐threatening force, and also how rhetoric/woman/horse simultaneously has resisted this taming. Using a collage procedure to cut and paste textual fragments of writing about rhetoric, the essay constructs an archetypal narrative plot that proceeds tropologically—metaphorically, metonymically, synecdochically, and ironcially—to domesticate and unleash rhetoric/woman/horse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-119
Number of pages23
JournalSouthern Communication Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication


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