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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.

Feminist Perspectives on the History of Rhetoric
Feminist perspectives on the history of rhetoric

In 1990, when I decided to teach a graduate course devoted solely to women's rhetoric, I had to scramble to find the texts for the course. I put books on reserve, I copied madly, and I stretched to make connections between primary historical material—acts of women's rhetorics—and secondary current works of feminist rhetorical theory. At that point, including women in historical overviews of the rhetorical tradition required making what often seemed like arbitrary and isolated choices. Should students read Aspasia alongside Plato? Virginia Woolf with I. A. Richards? Could Toni Morrison replace Bakhtin? Should one prefer Mary Wollstonecraft to George Campbell? Making the primary texts of women's rhetorics accessible to students required ...

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