You Sir are a Fine Young Gentleman. Thank You, My Lady: A Rhetorical Analysis of Eighteenth Century Conversations Regarding Gentility and Gender
School of Communication and Digital Content
Master of Arts in Communication (MA)
Michael P Graves
Primary Subject Area
Literature, English; Journalism; Language, Rhetoric and Composition; Language, Linguistics; Gender Studies
Eliza Hawyood, Gentility, Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, The Female Spectator, The Spectator
Communication | Critical and Cultural Studies | Cultural History | Discourse and Text Linguistics | English Language and Literature | Gender and Sexuality | Mass Communication | Rhetoric and Composition
Overbey, Kati, "You Sir are a Fine Young Gentleman. Thank You, My Lady: A Rhetorical Analysis of Eighteenth Century Conversations Regarding Gentility and Gender" (2012). Masters Theses. 224.
This study rhetorically analyzed the eighteenth century work of Richard Steele and Joseph Addison's The Spectator and Eliza Haywood's The Female Spectator using Kathleen Turner's framework for rhetorical history as social criticism integrating text and context. Ten essays from The Spectator as well as ten essays from The Female Spectator were selected based on content and subject matter regarding manners and gentility. When Turner's framework for analysis was applied to the essays, defining characteristics of gentility were revealed. A presentation of the results of the textual and contextual analysis of these twenty selected essays is provided. An analysis of the instruction of the different genders is also revealed. This study concludes with implications of the research and suggestions for future research.
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