By Cheryl Glenn
After explaining how and why ladies were excluded from the rhetorical culture from antiquity in the course of the Renaissance, Cheryl Glenn presents the chance for Sappho, Aspasia, Diotima, Hortensia, Fulvia, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Margaret extra Roper, Anne Askew, and Elizabeth I to talk with equivalent authority and as eloquently as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Augustine. Her objective is not anything lower than regendering and altering endlessly the background of rhetoric.
To that finish, Glenn locates women’s contributions to and participation within the rhetorical culture and writes them into an increased, inclusive culture. She regenders the culture via designating these phrases of id that experience promoted and supported men’s keep watch over of public, persuasive discourse—the culturally developed social kinfolk among, the proper roles for, and the subjective identities of girls and men.
Glenn is the 1st student to contextualize, research, and stick to the migration of women’s rhetorical accomplishments systematically. to find those ladies, she follows the migration of the Western highbrow culture from its inception in classical antiquity and its war of words with and supreme appropriation via evangelical Christianity to its strength within the medieval Church and in Tudor arts and politics.