“The Caprices of an Undisciplined Fancy”: Using Blame to Negotiate the “betweens” of Ethos via the Epideictic

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Building on the scholarship of Nedra Reynolds, Dale Sullivan, and recent feminist scholars writing on ethos, this article argues that blame is a vehicle that rhetors can use to enhance their ēthē. Specifically, this article shows that blame can modify social mores when used by an ethically strong rhetor who censures another individual with a strong ethos. To make this argument, this article considers the rhetoric of a nineteenth-century French-American Catholic Sister living at the intersection of various worlds, as the article illustrates how she, when challenged by an American bishop, used a rhetoric of blame to further enhance her ethos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-284
Number of pages14
JournalRhetoric Review
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2019
Externally publishedYes

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