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Jane Donawerth
University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)

Fellowships for University Teachers
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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2004 – 6/30/2005

Rhetorical Theory by Women before 1900

This project explores rhetorical theory by women between 1700 and 1900 in France, Britain, and the United States. Rather than a totalizing history, this study examines moments of women's history where several theorized a certain kind of communication: conversation, defenses of women preaching, conduct book rhetoric, sentimental elocution, and composition textbooks. While gender constraints deterimine that women through most of this period take conversation rather than oratory as a model for all discourse, at the end of this period, women's interest in exercises for students depends on the moment when they entered the market, rather than on gender roles. Women's theories anticipate current interest in the collaborative nature of composition.