The Eloquence of Mary Astell

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University of Calgary Press, 2005 - 202 sivua
Practically ignored for over 200 years, Mary Astell's writing returned to prominence in the latter part of the 20th century in a celebrated biography by Ruth Perry. Self-educated, Astell was an avid political thinker, philosopher, educationalist and early feminist. Until recently, little attention has been paid to her importance and skill in rhetoric, where she is known as both a practitioner and theorist. Her work is remarkable for an intellectual depth that does not comprise accessibility and for a style that is forcefully persuasive yet grounded in the rhythms of conversation. Widely respected for her participation in public discourse on politics and philosophy, she was well ahead of her time in the development of the rhetoric of care, an approach later echoed by 20th century feminists in their battle for equality. Drawing inspiration both from ancient theories and models and from early enlightenment philosophy, Astell's thought has a timelessness that allows her to instruct and inspire us all.
 

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The Problem of Ethos
3
Mary Astell and the Problem of Ethos
25
Mary Astells Rhetorical Practice
39
Letter Concerning the Love of God
41
A Serious Proposal to the Ladies Part I
53
A Serious Proposal to the Ladies Part II
65
Some Reflections Upon Marriage
79
The Christian Religion
93
Rhetorical Theory I
125
Rhetorical Theory II
137
Conclusion
153
Appendix A
165
Appendix B
169
Bibliography
171
Notes
179
INDEX
187

Political Pamphlets
109
Mary Astells Rhetorical Theory
123

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Christine Sutherland is professor emerita in the Department of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. She has written extensively on women in the history of rhetoric.

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