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688- Women's Rhetoric and Feminist Pedagogy, M 1830
This course has two aims. The first is to study the writing and speechmaking of women throughout history—from Sappho to Toni Morrison—in order to investigate the variety of ways women make use of their rhetorical situations, the contexts, audiences, and voices that affect their performances. The second is to use what we discover about women’s rhetorics to consider the rhetoric of teaching, to define feminist pedagogies and explore the rhetorical performance of the teacher. We’ll work in groups often, and you’ll collaborate in your group to present an issue about rhetoric or teaching to the class. We’ll speak often too, using our own voices as we think through the issue of voice in the work we read. A journal and a final seminar paper are requirements of the course.