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WU, Hui

Winter 2002, pages 81-98

Historical Studies of Rhetorical Women Here and There: Methodological Challenges to Dominant Interpretive Frameworks

Abstract: This article examines theoretical premises of the historical study of rhetorical women, epistemological confusions caused by postmodernism, and challenges from the studies of black and Third World rhetorical women. On that basis it points out that the present difficulties in accepting discursive feminist methodologies in the study of rhetorical history are direct results of a continued adherence to certain established interpretive frameworks that dominate inquiry and knowledge construction in the field of rhetoric/composition.

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