Communication And Culture | Rhetorical Criticism
C505 | 1126 | Ivie


Friday, 9:30 am - 12 noon, Mottier Hall 112
Topic: The Scapegoat in Public Culture

The course takes as its theme the problem of the scapegoat in public
culture. The aim is to critique tragic constructions of political
discourse which, by fostering alienation and victimization, undermine
democratic culture.  Kenneth Burke's dramatistic perspective and comic
attitude are adopted as the principal heuristic for confounding
threatening caricatures of the Other, including problematic
representations of race, class, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion,
nationality, ideology, or othr marks of identity and difference.