Review by Choice Review
Whether looking at the rhetoric of 17th-century Jane Lead, the metaphor of "midwife," letter writing by immigrants, or the rhetoric of the Web, Gray-Rosendale and Gruber's challenge to the rhetorical tradition extends and revises again the traditional definition of "rhetoric." The 13 essays also unfold a multisocio-cultural canon: "Afro-centric rhetoric" of Arna Bontemps' 1937 Harlem Renaissance writings, the visual rhetoric of Julie Dash's 1991 film on Gullah culture, Japanese "trickster" narratives, and Chinese historical background as necessary to understand women's rhetoric in China. The aim of this interdisciplinary text is to study rhetoric not as a "remote body of knowledge" but rather as "part of professional and personal value systems." It pushes further boundaries already extended by such works as Reclaiming Rhetorica, ed. by Andrea Lunsford (CH, Dec'95), Cheryl Glenn's Rhetoric Retold (1997), and Stephen Yarbrough's After Rhetoric (CH, May'00). Recommended for collections supporting humanities courses in general, women's studies, and particularly rhetoric. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. T. B. Dykeman Fairfield University
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