Vice-Presidential Comedy and the Traditional Female Role: An Examination of the Rhetorical Characteristics of the Vice Presidency.

  title={Vice-Presidential Comedy and the Traditional Female Role: An Examination of the Rhetorical Characteristics of the Vice Presidency.},
  author={Denise M. Bostdorff},
  journal={Western Journal of Speech Communication},
This essay explains the vice‐presidential role and its rhetorical characteristics through an examination of public talk by and about those who run for the vice‐presidential office. More specifically, the essay argues that the vice presidency is a traditional female role in what Burke would describe as comedic drama, the symbolic form where protagonists are controlled by the situations around them, and that nominees must undergo a sublimation process during their candidacy. As part of this… Expand
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