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Manly Writing: Gender, Rhetoric and the Rise of Composition
by Miriam Brody
In this critical history of the gendered politics of rhetoric and the rise of composition, Miriam Brody argues that nothing about words or their arrangement is innately gendered. Yet since the English Enlightenment, teachers have encouraged their students to admire and imitate "manly" writing, writing that is plain, forceful, cogent, and true. Similarly, students have been ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published November 30th 1993 by Southern Illinois University Press
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Overall, this book makes for a very thorough exploration of how gender has shaped discourses of writing, mostly beginning with the British Enlightenment, though Brody spends some time with Quintilian. There are a few moments where I question the application of gender, as it is conceived of today, to these other contexts, especially with regard to Quintilian. Even so, Brody clearly demonstrates how notions of masculinity have structured discourses about writing, even as these notions shift in var ...more