Cultural Studies | Special Topics in Cultural Studies Constituting Democracy in Rhetorical Discourse
C701 | 25952 | Ivie

This course critically examines liberal democracy as a rhetorical
construct, focusing on problematic representations of democracy, the
public, deliberation, and dissent which diminish civil society and
weaken the public sphere.  Accordingly, the range of readings will
include, for example, works by John Dryzek on discursive democracy,
Iris Marion Young on communicative democracy, Chantal Mouffe on
agonistic pluralism, Ronald Bleiker on democratic dissent, Robert
Ivie on representations of distempered democracy, Robert Entman on
democracy without citizens, and Gerard Hauser on rhetorical
publics.  Additional readings will feature Benjamin Barber on strong
democracy, Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe on radical democracy,
Michael Schudson on the good citizen, Steven Shiffrin on democracy
and dissent, Jürgen Habermas on discourse theory and democracy, Alan
Gilbert on democratic internationalism, Ulbrich Bech on democracy
without enemies, and Sheldon Wolin on fugitive democracy.  In
addition to weekly discussion of assigned readings, students will
write an article-length paper that builds on the course readings
plus additional sources to conceptualize and critique rhetoric as a
resource for constructing a healthy democratic practice and culture.