Boehnlein, James M. Books

Sociocognitive Rhetoric of Meridel Le Sueur. Feminist Discourse and Reportage of the Thirties
1994 0-7734-9136-8
The documentary reportage by Meridel Le Sueur of the 1930s was especially timely, for it demonstrated the disenfranchisement of the lower classes and of women while provoking a commitment to a new order. This study assesses Le Sueur's use of sociocognitive rhetoric as it renegotiated gender and class issues in a language of immediacy and transcendence. Drawing upon the contributions of Social Construction theories of rhetoric, this study offers concrete and inductive ways by which Le Sueur's feminist discourse ethic privileges the cultural situatedness of language.