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Remembering Women Differently

Refiguring Rhetorical Work

edited by Lynée Lewis Gaillet and Helen Gaillet Bailey



Published: May 1 2019


Published: May 23 2019

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Published: May 23 2019


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An examination of women's work, rhetorical agency, and the construction of female reputation

Before the full and honest tale of humanity can be told, it will be necessary to uncover the hidden roles of women in it and recover their voices from the forces that have diminished their contributions or even at times deliberately eclipsed them. The past half-century has seen women rise to claim their equal portion of recognition, and Remembering Women Differently addresses not only some of those neglected—it examines why they were deliberately erased from history.

The contributors in this collection study the contributions of fourteen nearly forgotten women from around the globe working in fields that range from art to philosophy, from teaching to social welfare, from science to the military, and how and why those individuals became either marginalized or discounted in a mostly patriarchal world. These sterling contributors, scholars from a variety of disciplines—rhetoricians, historians, compositionists, and literary critics—employ feminist research methods in examining women's work, rhetorical agency, and the construction of female reputation. By recovering these voices and remembering the women whose contributions have made our civilization better and more whole, this work seeks to ensure that women's voices are never silenced again.

Lynée Lewis Gaillet is Distinguished University Professor and chair of the English Department at Georgia State University. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Award and an International Society for the History of Rhetoric Fellowship. Gaillet is the author of many articles and book essays on rhetoric, program administration, composition/rhetoric pedagogy, and archival research methods.

Helen Gaillet Bailey is a marketing communications professional and blogger in Atlanta, Georgia.

"This study of American science, activism, philosophy, art, and writing engages readers with women whose significant contributions have been 'forgotten and excluded.' This text also reveals how a society forms a dominant narrative in which key participants may be cast as 'other' and their significant work reattributed or denied."—Katherine H. Adams, Loyola University New Orleans

"Trenchant and insightful, Remembering Women Differently productively situates itself where the past and the present meet. Each chapter deftly demonstrates how an act of historical recovery can energize provocative new questions for feminist scholars and teachers about the rhetorical processes of neglect and nostalgia, of censure and celebration, of forgetting and remembering. This collection builds a critical bridge between historical studies of women's rhetorical practices and the rhetorical study of memory and memorialization."—Jane Greer, University of Missouri, Kansas City

"Remembering Women Differently fulfills its mission and then some: readers not only learn about overlooked women rhetors but the processes that occluded them as well as theoretical and methodological strategies for reclamation. In uncovering and analyzing erasures, collaborations, and formations of public memory, this book serves as a guide for reconfiguring how we do rhetorical research."—Charlotte Hogg, Texas Christian University

"a collection that progresses scholarly understanding of public memory, particularly in terms of how we understand women's positions and functions in a patriarchal system a noteworthy contribution to feminist rhetorical scholarship."—Rhetoric Review

"By proffering an expanded view of rhetorical activity and by striving to understand the rhetorical work that goes into remembering, misremembering, and erasing women, this collection has much to offer feminist scholars [and] to those studying public memory."—Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric

"This collection raises questions about what counts as rhetoric and points to places where we might continue expanding the body of scholarship on women's public discourse. But it also presents a series of lively and engaging histories that are likely to be of interest to scholars across a range of fields."—Pietho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

"Remembering Women Differently should be read—from cover to cover—by scholars of gender, rhetorical history, and memory studies. This carefully crafted edited volume is a welcome addition to feminist rhetorical studies, one that invites and is sure to inspire further engagement"—Rhetoric and Public Affairs

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