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Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-137) and index.
Prologue -- "The blackness without and the blackness within": the rhetorical construction of the African -- Rhetorical theory as background and context -- Africa in rhetorical scholarship -- Maat: the ethical grounding of the rhetoric of Ptah-hotep -- The rhetoric of Ptah-hotep -- From darkness to light -- Paradigmatic framework: postcolonial theory.
Through a critical analysis of ancient African texts that predate Greco-Roman treaties, Cecil Blake revisits the roots of rhetorical theory and challenges what is often advanced as the "darkness metaphor"--The rhetorical construction of Africa and Africans.
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