Thesis (UNI Access Only)
Women--Language, Clinton, Hillary Rodham; Communication--Sex differences; Women politicians--United States; Benghazi Consulate Attack, Banghāzī, Libya, 2012;
Four US officials lost their lives when the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked on September 11, 2012. A controversy arose in the aftermath of this tragedy surrounding the intelligence community, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton specifically, and its ability to obtain accurate information and communicate honestly with the US public. The controversy resulted in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigation and a testimony from Clinton, during which she posed the now well-known question, “What difference at this point does it make?” During this testimony and the ensuing cross examination, Clinton used the rhetorical technique of apologia, expressed anger, and communicated affectively, all in a uniquely gendered way. Instead of falling victim to gender norms and gendered discipline, however, Clinton’s performance allowed her to re-emerge as a strong, political, public, female figure.
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Department of Communication Studies
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© 2014 Alexandria Rae Chase
Chase, Alexandria Rae, "Transcending the "freaked-out nut" persona: Apologia, anger, and affect in Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 110.