Title

Weaners and Losers: A Rhetorical Analysis of Advisory Breastfeeding Websites

Date of Award

1-1-2019

Degree Name

M.A. in English

Department

Department of English

Advisor/Chair

Advisor: Margaret Strain

Second Advisor

Advisor: Tereza Szeghi

Abstract

This rhetorical analysis examines a selection of weaning advisory articles on BabyCenter and KellyMom websites. Within this analysis, I employ Interpretive Thematic Analysis in order to identify rhetoric that contains praise or blame language. I conclude that several prominent rhetorical themes exist: language that denies agency to mothers, prioritizes child-led weaning, and subordinates the health and emotional needs of the mother.

Keywords

Rhetoric, Womens Studies, Linguistics, Literature

Rights Statement

Copyright 2019, author

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