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Michelle Obama First Lady, American Rhetor

by Elizabeth J. Natalle

Part of the Communicating Gender Series

Michelle Obama First Lady, American Rhetor Synopsis

Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor explores the rhetoric of Michelle Obama through rhetorical and cultural analysis. Given its interdisciplinary approach, this edited collection is useful for graduate courses in communication studies, as well as other fields of study where first lady scholarship is the focus. Concepts such as brand, rhetorical strategy, ethos, persona, audience, black feminist theory, and race history are integral to this insightful contribution.

Michelle Obama First Lady, American Rhetor Press Reviews

When entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey endorsed the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama in 2008, mass media experts agreed that he had gained the support of 'the most influential woman in the world.' Seven years later, First Lady Michelle Obama has come close to garnering that level of attention. The seven essays in this pathbreaking collection are by female scholars who specialize in communication studies, rhetoric, feminist theory, and the study of First Ladies. This interdisciplinary treatment of Michelle Obama reveals how she became one of the most effective and poised public speakers in her husband's administration and, at the same time, elevated and transformed the rhetorical and symbolic significance of the East Wing of the White House. Much more than the dutiful wife of the president, Michelle Obama appropriated the moniker 'mom-in-chief' and employed the physical space of the White House kitchen and garden to advance her battle against childhood obesity. Though every First Lady in the past several decades has complained about the 'fishbowl environment' of the White House, the contributors to the present volume agree that Michelle Obama deserves high marks for adapting to the demands of social media in forwarding the causes she has championed. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. * CHOICE * Elizabeth Natalle and Jenni Simon have assembled a timely and highly readable essay collection in Roman and Littlefield's new series Communicating Gender.The seven chapters follow an intelligent progression; they move from viewing Michele Obama as a partner and political spouse to an individual rhetor and black feminist intellectual. Focusing on Michele Obama's rhetorical choices, the editors and contributors draw from an overlapping pool of literature and theories from social history, political science, and rhetoric to demonstrate how Mrs. Obama challenges the race, class, and gender assumptions of traditional first lady research, thereby elevating first lady scholarship to a new plane. -- Molly Wertheimer, Pennsylvania State University This anthology breaks new ground in the study of American first ladies. Natalle and Simon meld feminist rhetorical theory, criticism, and cultural studies to assess the first African-American First Lady, Michelle Obama. From First-Mom-in-Chief to skilled rhetor, Obama's advocacy for White House initiatives, political discourse and exhortations for people to serve their communities receive thoughtful treatment and evaluation in this original, creative volume. -- Myra Gutin, Rider University Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on the American first ladies. Natalle and Simon utilize a hybrid framework of rhetorical analysis, feminist theory, and cultural studies to examine Michelle Obama's rhetoric. I strongly recommend this book to scholars of the first ladyship, communication and rhetoric, and gender and women's studies. -- Robert Watson, Lynn University

Book Information

ISBN: 9781498512213
Publication date: 27th August 2015
Author: Elizabeth J. Natalle
Publisher: Lexington Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 166 pages
Categories: Political leaders & leadership, Public speaking guides,

About Elizabeth J. Natalle

Elizabeth J. Natalle is associate professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jenni M. Simon is instructor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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