Available Means: An Anthology of Women’s Rhetoric(s) by Joy Ritchie, Kate Ronald

By Joy Ritchie, Kate Ronald

Available Means deals seventy ladies rhetoricians—from historical Greece to the twenty-first century—a room in their personal for the 1st time. Editors pleasure Ritchie and Kate Ronald keep on the feminist culture of convalescing a formerly unarticulated canon of women’s rhetoric.

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We do not have any of Aspasia’s writing firsthand, but Plato names her as his “excellent mistress in the art of rhetoric” (Menexenus 235e). Cheryl Glenn describes Aspasia as “an excep tional hero in a new rhetorical narrative” (Rhetoric Retold 44). , Aspasia was well educated, politically astute, and outspoken at a time when Athenian women were confined almost exclusively to the home and rarely permitted a public voice or education. Almost everything about her life and her rhetoric is remarkable, starting with the fact that we know of her at all.

Both members of the couple became prominent religious authorities, and Abelard is often credited with beginning modern academic philosophical methods. Heloise has often been viewed as the lesser thinker, whose views were merely derivative of other philosophers and whose rhetoric was too emotional to function in the disciplined binary logic that Abelard espoused. But a number of contemporary scholars have reread Heloise’s thought and rhetoric as revolutionary and disruptive of her teacher’s ideas.

Besides, the poets have already declared in song to all mankind their glory, and therefore any commemoration of their deeds in prose which we might attempt would hold a second place. They already have their reward, and I say no more of them, but there are other worthy deeds of which no poet has worthily sung, and which are still wooing the poet’s Muse. Of these I am bound to make honorable mention, and shall invoke others to sing of them also in lyric and other strains, in a manner becoming the actors.

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