American Studies | Colloquium in American Studies: Feminism & Rhetorical Theory Graduate Seminar
G620 | 22376 | Pezzullo

AMST – G620 Feminism & Rhetorical Theory Graduate Seminar
(CULS 701; CMCL-C619)

Also, qualifies for Ph.D. Minor in Human Sexuality

Fall 2010 (15 student enrollment limit)

Professor Phaedra C. Pezzullo;

The overall goal of this graduate seminar is to present and
critically engage a range of theoretical and political tensions that
have provoked theorists who have produced work in the intersections
between feminism and rhetoric in the past decades (whether they
themselves would claim those labels or not). Since the seminar is
structured to provide an introduction to a variety of perspectives,
each week’s themes could open up into an entire research trajectory
unto itself and, hopefully, for some of you, this is precisely what
will happen. The seminar will be dedicated to readings and
discussions in the nexus between rhetoric and gender studies as
appreciated from an inter- and multi-disciplinary perspective. The
reading materials and class discussion will address: the rhetorical
construction of gender and sex identity, cultural articulations made
between gender and sexuality, how rhetorical gender dynamics are re-
articulated through examining racial and economic identities, the
gendering of everyday life, the invention and possibilities of modes
of resistance to gendered/sexualized/sex-based oppression, and the
influence feminists and queer theorists have had on critical methods,
thinking, and practices. As you can tell from the reading list, the
fall 2010 version of this seminar will focus on how discourses and
performances of gender/sex/sexuality enable political critiques of
emotion, trauma, race/ethnicity, and justice in American culture.

Required Seminar Readings most likely will include:
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of
Identity [10th anniv. ed.]
(Routledge, 2006).
Ann Cvetkovich, An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and
Lesbian Public
Cultures (Duke UP, 2003).
Lauren Berlant, The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of
Sentimentality in
American Culture (Duke UP, 2008).
Bernadette Marie Calafell, Latina/o Communication Studies: Theorizing
(Peter Lang, 2007).
E. Patrick Johnson, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South (UNC P,
Rachel C. Hall, Wanted: The Outlaw in American Visual Culture (U VA
P, 2009)
Jeffrey A. Bennettt, Banning Queer Blood: Rhetorics of Citizenship,
Contagion, and
Resistance (U of Alabama P, 2009)
Cynthia Enloe, The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age
of Empire
(U of CA P, 2004).
E-Reserves: Morris, Sloop, Brouwer, Fraser, Sturken, Spivak, Alcoff,
West, Scarry, etc

Seminar expectations mostly likely will be:
•	Attendance and Participation
•	Three-Five Discussion Papers
•	Book Review
•	Final Paper