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The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies surveys the latest advances in rhetorical scholarship, synthesizing theories and practices across major areas of study in the field and pointing the way for future studies. Edited by Andrea A. Lunsford and Associate Editors Kirt H. Wilson and Rosa A. Eberly, the Handbook aims to introduce a new generation of students to rhetorical study and provide a deeply informed and ready resource for scholars currently working in the field.

Medieval and Renaissance Rhetorical Studies of Women
Medieval and renaissance rhetorical studies of women

Until the past two decades or so, it was assumed that women had no place in the history of rhetoric. Rhetoric was assumed to be the province of men, and when scholars such as Ivor Richards and Kenneth Burke revived the study of rhetoric as an academic discipline in the 1920s and 1930s, they did not question this approach. Neither did Edward Corbett, George Kennedy, and J. J. Murphy, when in the 1960s and 1970s they led American scholarship back to a serious study of classical rhetoric. Corbett, indeed, described rhetoric as “one of the most patriarchal of academic disciplines” (Glenn, 1997, p. 9). Since then, some of these scholars have contributed ...

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