Course Description: WRC/WGS 3234: Feminist Rhetorics
Aristotle is commonly referred to as the father of rhetoric, but what about rhetoric’s
mothers—not to mention daughters, sisters, girlfriends, aunts? Women’s voices were long
excluded or erased from the recording or telling of histories of rhetoric, but feminist rhetorical scholars have sought to re(dis)cover these women’s voices and to retell their stories. And more recently, feminist rhetorical scholars have pushed at the boundaries of gender and looked to explore what role feminist rhetorics might play in an increasingly digital and transnational world. This course considers a range of historical and contemporary views of feminist rhetorics—including texts from/about women and feminist rhetors as well as key texts about the development of the field—and asks students to contribute their own voicesand scholarly work to these ongoing conversations.
Course Description: WRC 4444: Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication Senior Seminar
This course provides students with an examination of significant issues at the forefront of
theory and research in writing, rhetoric, and/or communication. Includes an overview of
current research in the field(s) of choice, emphasizing theoretical and methodological issues. Designed primarily to encourage students to engage more deeply with questions that arise from their study of WRC and to provide an occasion for reflection on the work students have done in other courses in the field. The course includes an independent, advanced research project, the topic of which will be chosen in close consultation with the instructor.