- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (January 17, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809319349
- ISBN-13: 978-0809319343
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Anglo-American Feminist Challenges to the Rhetorical Traditions: Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, Adrienne Rich 1st Edition
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“Anglo-American Feminist Challenges demonstrates that both rhetoric and composition studies are concerned with the composition of subjects and cultures in language. Ratcliffe’s book thus truly joins rhetoric with composition studies, raising and answering questions that drive each field: How does language compose subjects and cultures? How can we use language to compose subjects and cultures differently? How can rhetoric and composition studies be a way to theorize our own positioning in relationship to an Other? What possibilities are available and unavailable to us and our students in canonical and noncanonical discourses? Ratcliffe’s provocative study demonstrates that feminist work on writing and language must inform and transform rhetoric and composition studies.”—JAC
“While Ratcliffe ends with a familiar nod to composition studies, her work is, nevertheless, after a much larger revolution, one that transcends any particular site. That revolution is the ongoing effort to define a more interdisciplinary scope for rhetoric. Her rereadings suggest that there are other rereadings to be done of theorists whose work has not been recognized as rhetoric but who could lead us out of the relentlessly gender- and ethnicity-blind canon of rhetoric we have inherited. Her work also shows that these new theories could inspire a broad range of work: composition pedagogy, political activism, cultural work beyond the academy, critique and study of other academic fields, and enriched analysis of public discourse.”—Rhetoric Review
"I’m impressed with the ground-breaking work this author has done. I believe this book has the potential to be a significant contribution to the new field of feminist studies in composition and rhetoric. There is a need to transform existing traditions through feminist readings."—Susan Jarratt, Miami University
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In this lucid and innovative work, Krista Ratcliffe successfully extrapolates rhetorical theories from three feminist writers not generally thought of as rhetoricians. Ratcliffe's skillful use of her methodology demonstrates a new model for examining women's texts. Her work situates Woolf's, Daly's, and Rich's feminist theories of rhetoric within current conversations about feminist pedagogies, particularly the interweavings of critical thinking, reading, and writing. Ratcliffe concludes with an application to teaching. This well-reasoned and convincing study will appeal to a widely varied audience: women in rhetoric and composition who feel that traditional theories do not speak to them; teachers of rhetorical history who want to explore gender concepts; composition teachers who want to become more aware of gender differences and pedagogical strategies to accommodate these differences; literary theorists and speech communication scholars who wish to track new methodologies for examining gender concerns; women's studies scholars who want to continue the examination of how language constructs and reflects patriarchy; and other students and scholars who simply are interested in theories of rhetoric, feminism, and pedagogy.
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