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This essay argues that Stanton's 7892 masterwork, “The Solitude of Self.” is a performative argument for embodied humanism. It grounds rights in the material paradox of chance life events and the corporeal permanence of human isolation by enacting human solitude through what Campbell calls lyric...
A recent fashion trend known as “heroin chic” challenges conventional modes of argumentation. Its popularization of abject, emaciated bodies presents an alternative to a logic of rationalism that grounds traditional argumentation. By foregrounding corporeal performativity as a form of argument,...
This paper examines the place of the body in the dress reform movement, a social movement that focused on fashion as the vehicle for achieving social and political equality. The nineteenth century saw tremendous social turmoil. The need for surety was great. Women's fashions became one arena...
Prior to the 1932 presidential campaign, Governor Roosevelt sought to dispel suspicion that he was physically unfit to become president. Though he never hid his disability, he minimized his appearance as a disabled person. When a “whispering campaign” grew louder, Roosevelt arranged for the...
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