Communication and Culture | Feminism in Rhetorical Theory
C619 | 27848 | Pezzullo, P.

Th, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM, C2 272
Meets with CULS-C 701 and AMST-G 620
Qualifies for Ph.D. Minor in Human Sexuality
Open to Graduates Only!

Instructor: Phaedra Pezzullo
Office: C2 223
Phone: 855-2106
Instructor’s Website:

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:
Judith Butler, Undoing Gender (London: Routledge, 2004).
Juana Rodriguez, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive
Spaces (NYUP, 2003).
Lauren Berlant, The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of
Sentimentality in American Culture (Duke 	UP, 2008).
Ann Cvetkovich, An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and
Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke UP, 2003).
Deborah Gould, Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight against
AIDS (Chicago UP, 2009).
Jeffrey A. Bennett, Banning Queer Blood: Rhetorics of Citizenship,
Contagion, and Resistance (U of Alabama P, 	2009).
E. Patrick Johnson, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South (UNC P,
E-Reserves: Morris, Sloop, Brouwer, Fraser, Sturken, Spivak, Alcoff,
West, Scarry, etc.

Seminar expectations most likely will be:
•	Attendance and Participation
•	Three 2-3 Page Discussion Papers
•	Book Review
•	Final Paper Proposal
•	Final Paper