Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the Rhetorical Tradition (Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture)

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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 ...
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Overview


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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"Presents a lesson in history as well as in rhetorical theory and women's studies. The contributors write with scholarly passion and interdisciplinary expertise. Recommended."
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Sixteen essays, ranging from ancient Greece to modern times, 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. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822955535
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Series: Pitt Comp Literacy Culture
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 1,393,849
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 On Reclaiming Rhetorica 3
2 Aspasia: Rhetoric, Gender, and Colonial Ideology 9
3 A Lover's Discourse: Diotima, Logos, and Desire 25
4 Reexamining The Book of Margery Kempe: A Rhetoric of Autobiography 53
5 Christine de Pisan and The Treasure of the City of Ladies: A Medieval Rhetorician and Her Rhetoric 73
6 Mary Astell: Reclaiming Rhetorica in the Seventeenth Century 93
7 Daring to Dialogue: Mary Wollstonecraft's Rhetoric of Feminist Dialogics 117
8 Inventing a Feminist Discourse: Rhetoric and Resistance in Margaret Fuller's Woman in the Nineteenth Century 137
9 To Call a Thing by Its True Name: The Rhetoric of Ida B. Wells 167
10 "Intelligent Members or Restless Disturbers": Women's Rhetorical Styles, 1880-1920 185
11 Woman Suffrage and the History of Rhetoric at the Seven Sisters Colleges, 1865-1919 203
12 Sojourner Truth: A Practical Public Discourse 227
13 The Telling: Laura (Riding) Jackson's Project for a Whole Human Discourse 247
14 Susanne K. Langer: Mother and Midwife at the Rebirth of Rhetoric 265
15 A Rhetoric for Audiences: Louise Rosenblatt on Reading and Action 285
16 Julia Kristeva: Rhetoric and the Woman as Stranger 305
Afterword 319
Index 339
Notes on Contributors 351
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