Eng Grad: F. Rhetoric or Advanced Theory


Bodies, Humans, Persons, Citizens: Theories of Black Personhood in the 19th Century

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Kelp-Stebbins, Kate

In this course, we will work together to develop a theoretical framework for interpreting image/texts and apply this interpretive model... (read more)


What is an archive? How might the form or content of archives invent, challenge, or narrate knowledge of the past? How do archives silence? What is... (read more)


Cortez, José

This course will provide an overview of the dominant strands of contemporary theoretical discourse relevant to thinking and writing about the politics of culture. The objective of the course is to provide introductory knowledge in these intellectual discussions and to facilitate their... (read more)


In this interdisciplinary seminar students will be introduced to historical, theoretical, social, and cultural approaches to understand the multiple meanings and articulations of blackness across time and space. To study blackness is to study how race suffuses social, cultural, political,... (read more)


Gage, John

We will read and discuss the critical writings of Kenneth Burke, whose philosophy of language makes rhetoric (“the use of language as a symbol system to induce cooperation in beings that by nature respond to symbols”) an architectonic principle for the study of how ideology and symbolicity... (read more)


Gage, John

Kenneth Burke (1897–1993) is among the foremost literary and rhetorical critics of the twentieth century.  His ideas transformed the field of rhetoric by redefining its scope, informed by his expansive theory of “dramatism,” or “language as symbolic action.”  His work explores human motive in... (read more)