Speaking without Words: Silence and Epistolary Rhetoric of Catholic Women Eduacators on the Antebellum Frontier, 1828-1834

  • Jackie Hoermann Iowa State University

Abstract

Silence has long been discounted as unrhetorical, but this article explores emerging theory on silence, especially religious women’s silence, that suggests otherwise. The silence of two Catholic nuns on the American frontier is examined alongside epistolary responses to confrontations with Protestant politicians.

Author Biography

Jackie Hoermann, Iowa State University

Jackie Hoermann’s article on Catholic nuns’ rhetorical silence grew out of her senior honors thesis, which she completed at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in May 2011. Currently, she is working on a master’s in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication at Iowa State University, where she also teaches composition classes and works as a graduate assistant at the university’s Writing and Media Help Center. After she finishes her current master’s program, she hopes to continue her research in multimodal pedagogy and cultural studies at the doctoral level.

Published
2015-09-15
How to Cite
Hoermann, J. (2015). Speaking without Words: Silence and Epistolary Rhetoric of Catholic Women Eduacators on the Antebellum Frontier, 1828-1834. Young Scholars in Writing, 9, 19-30. Retrieved from https://youngscholarsinwriting.org/index.php/ysiw/article/view/125
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Articles