Author(s)

Terrie MeeksFollow

Date

3-2014

Department

Communication Studies

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair

William Mullen

Keywords

Feminine, Karlyn Kohrs Campbell, Rhetorical, Beth Moore

Disciplines

Christianity | Communication | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Practical Theology | Rhetoric | Rhetoric and Composition | Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Abstract

Beth Moore is a best-selling author of books and Bible studies, a speaker to crowds that fill places like the Georgia Super Dome, as well as an international speaker, a radio and television personality, and she is achieving this milestone as a woman, in a world lit with male stars. Through all of these venues it is estimated that Moore speaks to hundreds of thousands of people each year. One of Moore's most recent ventures is speaking on Life Today with James and Betty Robison. Each week features an episode of "Wednesdays with Beth." Using Karlyn Kohrs Campbell's theory of feminine rhetoric, five episodes of this show will be studied to see if they contain the five characteristics of feminine rhetoric. The five characteristics of feminine rhetoric are: the speaker relies on personal experience and extended narrative, the speaker speaks to the audience as peers, the speakers invite audience participation, the speaker creates inductive arguments that lead to generalizations, and the speakers creates identification with and empowers their audience. Through this study, it has been determined that Beth Moore is a feminine rhetorician and each of the characteristics appear in each of the five episodes.