Cultural Studies | Feminism and Rhetorical Theory
C701 | 11930 | 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
Performance Peter Lang, 2007).
E. Patrick Johnson, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South (UNC P, 2008)
Rachel C. Hall, Wanted: The Outlaw in American Visual Culture (U VA P,
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