By Krista Ratcliffe
One of many few authors to outline and concentrate on feminist theories of rhetoric, Krista Ratcliffe takes Bathsheba’s challenge as her controlling metaphor: "I have the sentiments of a woman," says Bathsheba Everdene in Hardy’s faraway from the Madding Crowd, "but simply the language of men." even if men and women have various relationships to language and to one another, conventional theories of rhetoric don't foreground such gender changes, Ratcliffe notes. She argues that feminist theories of rhetoric are wanted if we're to acknowledge, validate, and handle Bathsheba’s problem. Ratcliffe argues that simply because feminists in general haven't conceptualized their language theories from the point of view of rhetoric and composition experiences, rhetoric and composition students needs to build feminist theories of rhetoric by means of applying a number of interwoven ideas: getting better misplaced or marginalized texts; rereading conventional rhetoric texts; extrapolating rhetorical theories from such nonrhetoric texts as letters, diaries, essays, cookbooks, and different assets; and developing their very own theories of rhetoric. concentrating on the 3rd alternative, Ratcliffe explores ways that the rhetorical theories of Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, and Adrienne wealthy might be extrapolated from their Anglo-American feminist texts via exam of the interrelationship among what those authors write and the way they write. In different phrases, she extrapolates feminist theories of rhetoric from interwoven claims and textual suggestions. via inviting Woolf, Daly, and wealthy into the rhetorical traditions and by way of modeling the extrapolation strategy/methodology on their writings, Ratcliffe indicates how feminist texts approximately girls, language, and tradition might be reread from the vantage aspect of rhetoric to build feminist theories of rhetoric. She rereads Anglo-American feminist texts either to show their white privilege and to rescue them from fees of na?vet? and essentialism. She additionally outlines the pedagogical implications of those 3 feminist theories of rhetoric, therefore contributing to ongoing discussions of feminist pedagogies. conventional rhetorical theories are gender-blind, ignoring the truth that ladies and males occupy various cultural areas and that those areas are additional advanced by way of race and sophistication, Ratcliffe explains. Arguing that matters equivalent to who can speak, the place it is easy to speak, and the way it is easy to speak emerge in lifestyle yet are usually left out in rhetorical theories, Ratcliffe rereads Roland Barthes’ "The outdated Rhetoric" to teach the restrictions of classical rhetorical theories for ladies and feminists. getting to know areas for feminist theories of rhetoric within the rhetorical traditions, Ratcliffe invitations readers not just to question how ladies were positioned as part of— and aside from—these traditions but in addition to discover the consequences for rhetorical heritage, idea, and pedagogy. In extrapolating rhetorical theories from 3 feminist writers now not normally thought of rhetoricians, Ratcliffe creates a brand new version for interpreting women’s paintings. She situates the rhetorical theories of Woolf, Daly, and wealthy inside present discussions approximately feminist pedagogy, rather the interweavings of serious considering, interpreting, and writing. Ratcliffe concludes with an program to educating.
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3. Feminism and literatureUnited StatesHistory20th century. 4. English literatureWomen authorsHistory and criticism. 5. Woolf, Virginia, 18821941Political and social views. 6. Rich, Adrienne CecilePolitical and social views. 7. Persuasion (Rhetoric) 8. Daly, Mary. 9. Feminism. I. Title. 48-1984. To Mary, Elaine, Win, and Kevin I thought as I wiped my eyes on the corner of my apron: Penelope did this too. And more than once: you can't keep weaving all day And undoing it through the night; Your arms get tired, and the back of your neck gets tight; And long towards morning, when you think it will never be light, And your husband has been gone, and you don't know where for years, Suddenly you burst into tears; There is simply nothing else to do.
That women are not as logical or as reasonable in their arguments as men). By critiquing both the possibilities and the limitations of Barthes's reception of rhetorical history and theory for women and feminists, I simultaneously discover spaces for, and highlight the need for, feminist theories of rhetoric. To begin such a project, Barthes's definitions of rhetoric must be examined. He claims that "the world is incredibly full of old Rhetoric" and cites rhetoric's importance as the only theoretical structure that has foregrounded the function of language ("The Old Rhetoric" 11, 15).
I cannot conclude without offering thanks to the three feminists whose words have inspired this project. Virginia Woolf reminds me that to be an effective writer/teacher I must kill the Angel in my house, the good-girl voice that forever urges me to please. Mary Daly continually re-minds me to Sin Big, that is, to BE. And Adrienne Rich reminds me that the source of my pain may also be the source of my power. These are the hard won lessons that I am continually relearning from these women as I offer their Anglo-American feminist theories of rhetoric to my students and to you.
Anglo-American feminist challenges to the rhetorical traditions: Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, Adrienne Rich by Krista Ratcliffe