Women and the Latin Rhetorical Tradition

  • Josephine Donovan


In The Dialogic Imagination, Mikhail Bakhtin notes that through much of Western history there has been a kind of linguistic dialectic between centripetal and centrifugal forces: the former tending toward a unitary “Cartesian,” “official” language; the latter toward diffused regional dialects and vernaculars.1 Underlying this linguistic struggle were imperialistic political movements—beginning with the Romans and continuing with the establishment of the modern nation-states—and regional resistances to them.


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