Shaping Presence: Ida B. Wells’ 1892 Testimony of the ‘Untold Story’ at New York’s Lyric Hall
Published: August, Anita. "Shaping Presence: Ida B. Wells’ 1892 Testimony of the ‘Untold Story’ at New York’s Lyric Hall." Peitho 16.2 (Spr/Sum 2014): 145-167.
I will examine Wells’ 1892 testimony at Lyric Hall using an interdisciplinary reading from rhetorical theory, legal brief writing, anthropology, cognitive psychology, and historical criticism to illustrate how these bodies of knowledge discursively intersect and interact in articulating the shaping presence of the agent. I will distinguish my notion of a shaping presence in five ways in which it acts as a rhetorical framing of both the agent and her visual and verbal discourse.