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Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women In The Rhetorical Tradition
by Andrea A. Lunsford
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995
Paper: 978-0-8229-5553-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8229-7165-8
Library of Congress Classification P301.R346 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 808/.0082

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.

"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." --Choice

  • Contents 
    • Foreword
      • Murphy, James J.
    • Acknowledgments
    • 1. 
    • On Reclaiming Rhetorica
      • Lunsford, Andrea A.
    • 2. 
    • Aspasia: Rhetoric, Gender, and Colonial Ideology
      • Jarratt, Susan
      • Ong, Rory
    • 3. 
    • A Lover's Discourse: Diotima, Logos, and Desire
      • Swearingen, C. Jan
    • 4. 
    • Reexamining The Book of Margery Kempe: A Rhetoric of Autobiography
      • Glenn, Cheryl
    • 5. 
    • Christine de Pisan and The Treasure of the City of Ladies: A Medieval Rhetorician and Her Rhetoric
      • Redfern, Jenny R.
    • 6. 
    • Mary Astell: Reclaiming Rhetorica in the Seventeenth Century
      • Sutherland, Christine Mason
    • 7. 
    • Daring to Dialogue: Mary Wollstonecraft's Rhetoric of Feminist Dialogics
      • Barlowe, Jamie
    • 8. 
    • Inventing a Feminist Discourse: Rhetoric and Resistance in Margaret Fuller's Woman in the Nineteenth Century
      • Kolodny, Annette
    • 9. 
    • To Call a Thing by Its True Name: The Rhetoric of Ida B. Wells
      • Royster, Jacqueline Jones
    • 10. 
    • “Intelligent Members or Restless Disturbers”: Women's Rhetorical Styles, 1880–1920
      • Wagner, Joanne
    • 11. 
    • Woman Suffrage and the History of Rhetoric at the Seven Sisters Colleges, 1865–1919
      • Conway, Kathryn M.
    • 12. 
    • Sojourner Truth: A practical Public Discourse
      • Lipscomb, Drema R.
    • 13. 
    • The Telling: Laura (Riding) Jackson's Project for a Whole Human Discourse
      • Oldham, James
    • 14. 
    • Susanne K. Langer: Mother and Midwife at the Rebirth of Rhetoric
      • Lyon, Arabella
    • 15. 
    • A Rhetoric for Audiences: Louise Rosenblatt on Reading and Action
      • Hallin, Annika
    • 16. 
    • Julia Kristeva: Rhetoric and the Woman as Stranger
      • Clark, Suzanne
    • Afterword
    • Index
    • Notes on Contributors

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