ENG593 201802 Graduate

Winter 2019
ENG 593
Applies To: 
Modern Rhetorical Criticism (Prior Approval Needed for ENG Grads)

José Cortez

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-0069
  • Office: 319 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20: not teaching this term; checking email daily
Department Section Description: 

One of the analytical and political goals of the field of rhetoric is to describe the power relations of the social text—to explain the rhetorical and linguistic nature of power relations—with the goal of constituting change. As such, this course intends to provide students with a broad theoretical foundation for thinking and writing about challenges to power relations. Informed by readings in rhetoric and critical theory, the course will offer not only an examination of categories like identity, subjectivity, and resistance but will also provide an analytic for accounting for political resistance. To this end, students will be introduced to a variety of critical theoretical approaches frequently used to study representation and political change including hegemony theory, postcolonialism, queer theory, and feminism.