By Krista Ratcliffe
One of many few authors to outline and concentrate on feminist theories of rhetoric, Krista Ratcliffe takes Bathsheba’s trouble as her controlling metaphor: "I have the emotions of a woman," says Bathsheba Everdene in Hardy’s faraway from the Madding Crowd, "but purely the language of men." even though men and women have various relationships to language and to one another, conventional theories of rhetoric don't foreground such gender transformations, Ratcliffe notes. She argues that feminist theories of rhetoric are wanted if we're to acknowledge, validate, and deal with Bathsheba’s difficulty. Ratcliffe argues that simply because feminists as a rule haven't conceptualized their language theories from the viewpoint of rhetoric and composition reviews, rhetoric and composition students needs to build feminist theories of rhetoric by way of utilizing quite a few interwoven innovations: getting better misplaced or marginalized texts; rereading conventional rhetoric texts; extrapolating rhetorical theories from such nonrhetoric texts as letters, diaries, essays, cookbooks, and different resources; and developing their very own theories of rhetoric. concentrating on the 3rd choice, Ratcliffe explores ways that the rhetorical theories of Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, and Adrienne wealthy could 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 techniques. by means of inviting Woolf, Daly, and wealthy into the rhetorical traditions and through modeling the extrapolation strategy/methodology on their writings, Ratcliffe indicates how feminist texts approximately girls, language, and tradition could be reread from the vantage element 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 extra complex via race and sophistication, Ratcliffe explains. Arguing that matters equivalent to who can speak, the place one could speak, and the way you will speak emerge in way of life yet are usually passed over 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 girls were positioned as part of— and aside from—these traditions but in addition to discover the consequences for rhetorical background, thought, and pedagogy. In extrapolating rhetorical theories from 3 feminist writers now not in general 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 of present discussions approximately feminist pedagogy, relatively the interweavings of serious pondering, studying, and writing. Ratcliffe concludes with an software to instructing.
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Barthes also narrates the rhetorical concepts of author and audience by blurring their boundaries and interweaving them, thus calling into question the concepts of agency, identity, and unified self. When interrogating the concept of author, he distinguishes the auctor of the old rhetoric from our contemporary author: "As for the written text, it was not subject, as it is today, to a judgment of originality; what we call the author did not exist; around the ancient text, the only text used and in a sense managed, like re-invested capital, there were various functions: 1.
It has taken me a dissertation, a few articles, several drafts of this book, and innumerable conversations to articulate this frustration. And still I have no pat answers. What I do have is an idea, a way of extrapolating feminist theories of rhetoric from feminist texts. To demonstrate this idea, I have focused on the three Anglo-American feminists who have taught me most of what I know about women (and) writing: Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, and Adrienne Rich. Whether or not these feminists would approve of my project, I cannot say, and while I hope they would, in many ways such a question does not concern me.
But it did not. Instead, I wrote two seminar papers, one about Margaret Atwood and one about Isocrates, as if the two had nothing to say to one another. It has taken me a dissertation, a few articles, several drafts of this book, and innumerable conversations to articulate this frustration. And still I have no pat answers. What I do have is an idea, a way of extrapolating feminist theories of rhetoric from feminist texts. To demonstrate this idea, I have focused on the three Anglo-American feminists who have taught me most of what I know about women (and) writing: Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, and Adrienne Rich.
Anglo-American feminist challenges to the rhetorical traditions: Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, Adrienne Rich by Krista Ratcliffe