WiSe 18/19: Rhetorics of Continuity and Change: A Survey of American Cultural History
Lee Arthur Flamand
This course provides an extended overview of American cultural history ranging from the period of British settlement in the 17th century to present issues in US society. We will read influential ... Lesen Sie weiter
This course provides an extended overview of American cultural history ranging from the period of British settlement in the 17th century to present issues in US society. We will read influential texts (speeches, legal documents, essays, etc.) by authors such as John Cotton, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, Randolph Bourne, Martin Luther King, Betty Friedan, and Joan Didion. Throughout our readings, we will explore public rhetoric and key factors shaping the cultural trajectory of the United States. After a brief introduction to basic methodologies of cultural analysis, students will investigate the rhetorical, structural, and discursive features of the primary texts through close readings. We will also explore select representations from the fields of visual culture, art, and film. In addition, students need to do
independent research on a selection of key terms that are essential for understanding the evolution of American public discourse and intellectual history.
Students are asked to enroll on Blackboard and review the first three short texts in the Course Pack ("The Meaning of Culture" by Rothman; "Texts" from American Studies; and "Argument and Persuasion" from The Essential Guide to Rhetoric) prior to the first day of class. Schließen