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Michelle Obama

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Part I: Theorizing America's First African American First Lady Chapter 1: A New First Lady for America Elizabeth J. Natalle and Jenni M. Simon Chapter 2: Conventional and Unconventional Rhetorical Strategies in Michelle Obama's Democratic National Convention Addresses Tammy R. Vigil Chapter 3: First Lady Brand in the Epideictic Rhetoric of Michelle Obama Jeanne M. Persuit and Deborah A. Brunson Part II: The Rhetor and The Agendas Chapter 4: Michelle Obama's Ethos and Let's Move! Elizabeth J. Natalle Chapter 5: Michelle Obama Speaking in Africa on Education, Family, and the African Legacy Trudy L. Hanson and Enyonam Osei-Hwere Chapter 6: Michelle Obama Reaching Higher to Lead and Serve Community Jenni M. Simon Part III: Redefining the Boundaries of First Lady Scholarship Chapter 7: Black Feminist Reflections on Michelle Obama's Tribute to Maya Angelou, Rachel Alicia Griffin

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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.


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

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