Ellen DeGeneres' Tulane Commencement Speech: Is She Getting Through to Anybody?

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Title
Ellen DeGeneres' Tulane Commencement Speech: Is She Getting Through to Anybody?
Author
Ashley V. Sigl
Faculty Sponsor
Emily Plec
Abstract
<p>In this paper, I analyze the commencement speech given by Ellen DeGeneres at Tulane University in 2009. I argue that through identifying with her audience and employing a rhetorical style consisting of a careful balance between humor and tragedy as an additional factor to her use of the commencement genre style presented in Margaret LaWare’s essay, "Redefining The 'Good Life': Life Lessons And Virtues In Commencement Speeches By Women,” DeGeneres is able to establish enough ethos to be seen as a highly credible source on the subject of life, and is able to resonate with her audience and make a point they perceive to be widely reasonable and sound.</p>
Subject
Gender
Race
Sexuality
and Ethnicity in Communication; Rhetoric
Ellen DeGeneres
Commencement speech
epideictic rhetoric
commencement genre
humor
tragedy
constraints
identification
ethos
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Type
Text
volume
4
Date Published
5/29/2015
Note
Emily Plec
Alternative Title
Ellen DeGeneres' Tulane Commencement Speech: Is She Getting Through to Anybody?
Identifier
pure/vol4/iss1/6
Language
eng