Much of the scholarly exchange regarding the history of women in rhetoric has emphasized womenas rhetorical practices. In Conversational Rhetoric: The Rise and Fall of a Womenas Tradition, 1600a1900, 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 genresahumanist treatises and dialogues, defenses of womenas 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 womenas 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 womenas education by Bathsua Makin, Mary Astell, and Madeleine de ScudAcry; in conduct books by Hannah More, Lydia Sigourney, and Eliza Farrar; in defenses of womenas 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 womenas rhetorical theory, such as the recognition of the gendered nature of communication in conduct books, the incorporation of the language of womenas rights in the defenses of womenas preaching, and the adaptation of sentimental culture to the cultivation of womenas bodies as tools of communication in elocution books. Rather than a linear history, Conversational Rhetoric follows the starts, stops, and starting over in womenas rhetorical theory. It covers a broad range of womenas rhetorical theory in the Anglo-American world and places them in their social, rhetorical, and gendered historical contexts. This study adds womenas rhetorical theory to the rhetorical tradition, advances our understanding of womenas theories and their use of rhetoric, and offers a paradigm for analyzing the differences between menas and womenas rhetoric from 1600 to 1900.... to students aprinciples which lie at the foundation of the structure of our languagea and to help children operate, in written form, ... influenced by Iohann Pestalozzia#39;s aobject teachinga philosophy of education.11 For example, Knox recommends that teachers ... In part 2, composition is introduced through sentence generation based on grammatical principles. ... Her title page tells us that she is a teacher of English language and literature in an Ann Arbor high school, and she aims heranbsp;...
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