English | Contemporary Theories in Rhetoric & Composition
W602 | 14072 | Farris

W602/L705  14072/15862  FARRIS(#6)
Contemporary Theories in Rhetoric & Composition

2:30p – 3:45p TR


In this course (which may be taken as either L705 or W602) we will
analyze the rhetorical strategies and representations of women
rhetors, writers, and teachers in a variety of historical moments
and contexts, looking especially at how constructions of gender, in
combination with other axes of difference, have worked to exclude
women from the rhetorical tradition.

We will examine (1) primary texts by women—rhetors and rhetorical
theorists from antiguity to the present -- who have written and
spoken in a variety of locations within and outside traditional
sites and genres, and (2) cultural representations of women writers
and teachers, particularly in the popular media.

In addition to interrogating the category of “woman,” we will bring
gender to a reconsideration of some of rhetoric’s key terms,
including invention, agency, and voice, and explore how a variety of
women’s experiences and practices might be represented and
integrated into traditional receptions of rhetoric.

Texts for this course will include Glenn’s Rhetoric Retold:
Regendering the Tradition from Antiguity to the Renaissance;
Lunsford’s Reclaiming Rhetorica; Ritchie and Ronald’s Available
Means: An Anthology of Women’s Rhetorics (including Julian of
Norwich, Margery Kempe, Margaret Fuller, Ida B. Wells, Virginia
Woolf, Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Dorothy Allison and others); Gere’s
Intimate Practices: Literacy and Cultural Work in U.S. Women’s Clubs
1880-1920; Jarratt and Worsham’s Feminism and Composition Studies:
In Other Words; Phelps and Emig’s Feminine Principles and Women’s
Experience in American Composition and Rhetoric;Dalton’s The
Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies, and the films The
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Freedom Writers.

Assignments will include class forum postings on readings, several
position papers, and a final paper.

This course will fulfill requirements in the #6 Theory distribution,
the internal Pedagogy Minor, the external Literacy Minor, and the
PhD concentration in Composition, Literacy and Culture.