Honors | The Rhetorical Presidency (HON)
H204 | 8201 | James Andrews


MWF 11:15am-12:05pm

This course focuses on how presidential communication has functioned
over time to direct policy, influence national values, shape
national identity, interpret our history, and affect the political
process. We will examine and analyze presidential messages over
time, the communication context in which they occurred, and the ways
that contemporary communication media have influenced the nature of
those messages. We will also address the issue of how and to what
extent our political culture both reflects and is shaped by
presidential communication. Since the course in the spring of 2008
will coincide with the presidential primaries, we will give some
special attention to presidential campaigning.
	Readings will include: J. Michael Hogan, Woodrow Wilsonís
Western Tour: Rhetoric, Public Opinion, and the League of Nations
(2006),  David Houck, FDR and Fear Itself: The First Inaugural
Address (2002), Thomas W. Benson, Writing JFK: Presidential Rhetoric
and the Press in the Bay of Pigs Crisis (2004), Carol Gelderman, All
the Presidentsí Words: The Bully Pulpit and the Creation of the
Virtual Presidency (1997), a reading packet with selections from
other books and articles, and selected presidential speeches
available on the Web.
	Classes will typically include short lectures, discussions
of questions based on the assigned readings and viewing and
discussing tapes (of, for example, documentary material, speeches,
campaign ads). Participation in class discussion, short written
papers based on the readings, and a final essay are required.