Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the Rhetorical Tradition

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Andrea A. Lunsford
University of Pittsburgh Pre, Apr 1, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 376 pages
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Women's contribution to rhetoric throughout Western history, like so many other aspects of women's experience, has yet to be fully explored.  In pathbreaking discussions ranging from ancient Greece, though the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, to modern times, sixteen closely coordinated essays examine how women have used language to reflect their vision of themselves and their age; how they have used traditional rhetoric and applied it to women's discourse; and how women have contributed to rhetorical theory.  Language specialists, feminists, and all those interested in rhetoric, composition, and communication, will benefit from the fresh and stimulating cross-disciplinary insights they offer.
 

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Contents

1 On Reclaiming Rhetorica
3
Rhetoric Gender and Colonial Ideology
9
Diotima Logos and Desire
25
A Rhetoric of Autobiography
53
A Medieval Rhetorician and Her Rhetoric
73
Reclaiming Rhetorica in the Seventeenth Century
93
Mary Wollstonecrafts Rhetoric of Feminist Dialogics
117
Rhetoric and Resistance in Margaret Fullers Woman in the Nineteenth Century
137
A Practical Public Discourse
227
Laura Riding Jacksons Project for a Whole Human Discourse
247
Mother and Midwife at the Rebirth of Rhetoric
265
Louise Rosenblatt on Reading and Action
285
Rhetoric and the Woman as Stranger
305
Afterword
319
Index
339
Notes on Contributors
351

The Rhetoric of Ida B Wells
167
Womens Rhetorical Styles 18801920
185
11 Woman Suffrage and the History of Rhetoric at the Seven Sisters Colleges 18651919
203
Back Cover
357
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Andrea A. Lunsford, professor of English and director of the program in writing and rhetoric at Stanford University, is the author of Reclaiming Rhetorica.

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