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Conversational Rhetoric free pdf Much of the scholarly exchange regarding the history of women in rhetoric has emphasized womenAEs rhetorical practices. In Conversational Rhetoric: The Rise and Fall of a WomenAEs Tradition, 1600u1900, Jane Donawerth traces the historical development of rhetorical theory by women for women, studying the moments when women produced theory about the arts of communication in alternative genresuhumanist treatises and dialogues, defenses of womenAEs preaching, conduct books, and elocution handbooks. She examines the relationship between communication and gender and between theory and pedagogy and argues that women constructed a theory of rhetoric based on conversation, not public speaking, as a model for all discourse. Donawerth traces the development of womenAEs rhetorical theory through the voices of English and American women (and one much-translated French woman) over three centuries. She demonstrates how they cultivated theories of rhetoric centered on conversation that faded once women began writing composition textbooks for mixed-gender audiences in the latter part of the nineteenth century. She recovers and elucidates the importance of the theories in dialogues and defenses of womenAEs education by Bathsua Makin, Mary Astell, and Madeleine de ScudUry- in conduct books by Hannah More, Lydia Sigourney, and Eliza Farrar- in defenses of womenAEs preaching by Ellen Stewart, Lucretia Mott, Catherine Booth, and Frances Willard- and in elocution handbooks by Anna Morgan, Hallie Quinn Brown, Genevieve Stebbins, and Emily Bishop. In each genre, Donawerth explores facets of womenAEs rhetorical theory, such as the recognition of the gendered nature of communication in conduct books, the incorporation of the language of womenAEs rights in the defenses of womenAEs preaching, and the adaptation of sentimental culture to the cultivation of womenAEs bodies as tools of communication in elocution books. Rather than a linear history, Conversational Rhetoric follows the starts, stops, and starting over in womenAEs rhetorical theory. It covers a broad range of womenAEs rhetorical theory in the Anglo-American world and places them in their social, rhetorical, and gendered historical contexts. This study adds womenAEs rhetorical theory to the rhetorical tradition, advances our understanding of womenAEs theories and their use of rhetoric, and offers a paradigm for analyzing the differences between menAEs and womenAEs rhetoric from 1600 to 1900.

About Jane L. Donawerth

Jane Donawerth is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and the editor of Rhetorical Theory by Women before 1900: An Anthology.

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Author : Jane L. Donawerth
Publisher : Southern Illinois University Press
Data Published : 15 November 2011
ISBN : 080933027X
EAN : 9780809330270
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 232 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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