F750 | 2256 | R. Bauman

Meets first eight weeks only.  Meets with C627.  This course will be devoted
to the exploration, in ethnographic and comparative perspective, of genres
of public speaking, principally political oratory and related forms. Our
first task will be to develop a conceptual and analytical framework for the
comparative study of oratory as public discourse, as rhetoric, and as
performance, with special attention to form-function-meaning
interrelationships. We will then turn to a cross-cultural survey of public
speaking as reported in the ethnographic literature. The final section of
the course will be devoted to presentations by seminar participants
reporting on their term projects, which may include the empirical study of
public speaking in a specific sociocultural and/or historical context or a
critical survey of the ethnographic and/or historical literature on public
speaking in a particular society or culture area. Written work will include
a paper of ca. 25 pages in length.