A Feminist Legacy: The Rhetoric and Pedagogy of Gertrude by Suzanne Bordelon

By Suzanne Bordelon

The first book-length research of a pioneering English professor and theorist at Vassar collage, A Feminist Legacy:  The Rhetoric and Pedagogy of Gertrude Buck explores Buck’s contribution to the fields of schooling and rhetoric throughout the revolutionary period. through contextualizing Buck’s educational and theoretical paintings in the upward thrust of women’s academic associations like Vassar university, the social and political circulation towards suffrage, and Buck’s personal egalitarian political and social beliefs, Suzanne Bordelon deals a scholarly and well-informed therapy of Buck’s achievements that elucidates the old and modern effect of her paintings and life.

Bordelon argues that whereas greenback didn't name herself a feminist, she embodied feminist beliefs by way of tough the entire participation of her girl scholars and by means of not easy energy imbalances at each educational, social, and political level.

A Feminist Legacy reveals that Vassar university is an undervalued yet major web site within the heritage of women’s argumentation and pedagogy. Drawing on a wealthy number of archival assets, together with formerly unexamined basic fabric, A Feminist Legacy strains the beginnings of feminist theories of argumentation and pedagogy and their lasting legacy in the fields of schooling and rhetoric.

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While completing her doctorate, Buck was hired as an English instructor in 1897 at Vassar College and taught there for the rest of her life. ) Buck participated in the early progressive education movement, using her training with Harriet M. Scott, Fred Newton Scott, and John Dewey to respond to the significant pedagogical issues of her period. At Vassar, Buck typically taught courses in composition, argument, rhetorical theory, literary criticism, poetics, English lyric poetry, and, toward the end of her career, drama.

1. Then she flashes it again and you write down the observations made the second time and so on. That is to make us notice what we see first in order to write good descriptions of things. It’s very amusing” (Sept. 1900, 2). , 1905, titled “Some Suggestive Subjects for A English,” is a backhanded demonstration of the significance of the method: Characterize the acoustic properties of sound sleep. Try to catch the spirit of wood alcohol, and describe exactly. ” (319) Similar to the students of today, Vassar women found humorous and playful ways to respond to their assignments, as is evident in the parody.

Adams, a historian at Yale (Bohan, “Go to” 141): “We are having the most killing things to do in English you ever heard of. She flashes up some object behind a screen and you have to write down what you saw no. 1. Then she flashes it again and you write down the observations made the second time and so on. That is to make us notice what we see first in order to write good descriptions of things. It’s very amusing” (Sept. 1900, 2). , 1905, titled “Some Suggestive Subjects for A English,” is a backhanded demonstration of the significance of the method: Characterize the acoustic properties of sound sleep.

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