Volume 4, Issue 3, September 2019, Page: 60-67
The Science of Public Speaking from a Western Philosophical Perspective: A Focus on Female Speakers
Nodhar Hammami Ben Fradj, Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Kairouan, University of Kairouan, Kairouan, Tunisia
Received: Sep. 21, 2019;       Accepted: Oct. 14, 2019;       Published: Oct. 24, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.allc.20190403.13      View  59      Downloads  15
Abstract
The paper relies on certain key modern Western theorists to deal with public speaking as a science and as an art while putting a special focus on female speakers. It studies the techniques of public speech and reveals the sources of power that allow an oratress to manipulate and persuade her receivers. It also states the limitations of woman’s public confrontation with a mixed audience. The point is that the gender of the female speaker may weaken the impact of her performance on her targeted addressees because of the hostile societal view towards women as leaders, the view of the female body as a source of delight by a male audience and as a generator of money by a capitalist sponsor. However, women performers can even deliver more influential verbal orations than males if they use their own female qualities and adhere to a set of tools such as rhetoric, body language, feminine manners, histrionic character, etc. A powerful public address can help woman resist commodification in a capitalist culture and objectification in a patriarchal society.
Keywords
Female, Public, Speaker, Power, Performance, Politician
To cite this article
Nodhar Hammami Ben Fradj, The Science of Public Speaking from a Western Philosophical Perspective: A Focus on Female Speakers, Arabic Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2019, pp. 60-67. doi: 10.11648/j.allc.20190403.13
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