Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

English

First Advisor

Carl G. Herndl

Abstract

While 47 percent of Iowa farmland is owned or co-owned by women, conventional agriculture remains largely a masculine enterprise. This dissertation focuses on the narratives of six women in Iowa who have become farmland owners through inheritance from spouses or other family members. Through ethnographic methods, I analyze the women's decisions and resulting shifts in their identity, which is related to their status as farmland owners in a hegemonic culture where women are often marginalized. Furthermore, I argue that analyzing identity is an important aspect of understanding a purposeful, embodied human rhetorical agency.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-1902

Copyright Owner

Rachel M. Wolford

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-06

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

194 pages

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