This anthology features women's rhetorical theory from the 5th through the 19th centuries. Assembling selections on rhetoric, composition and communication by 24 women around the world, this collection demonstrates an often-overlooked history of rhetoric as well as women's interest in conversation as a model for all discourse. Among the theorists included are Aspasia, Pan Chao, Sei Shonagon, Madeleine de Scudery, Hannah More, Hallie Quinn Brown, and Mary Augusta Jordan. The book also contains an extensive introduction, explanatory headnotes and detailed annotations.
Jane Donawerth is professor of English and affiliate faculty in women's studies at the University of Maryland.