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April 1995
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Reclaiming Rhetorica
Women in the Rhetorical Tradition
Lunsford, Andrea
These essays examine how women from the period of ancient Greece all the way through to modern times have appropriated traditional forms of rhetoric and used them in women’s discourse.

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Andrea A. Lunsford is Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of English at Ohio State University.
“An imposing array of scholars suggest infinite possibilities in the recovery of women’s rhetoric. This volume opens up a whole new world of rhetoric.”—Winfred Bryan Horner

"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

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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, through 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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