Aug 18, 2019  
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ENGH 345 - 19th-Century Rhetorics from the Margins

4 credits
The nineteenth-century United States gave birth to many of the social and political movements that are familiar to us today, including those advocating for the rights of workers, women, African Americans, and native peoples.  The purpose of this course is to open up textual study of the period by examining the ways that people who would not have “counted” in fact creatively and persuasively asserted their own agency and advocated for change.  We will study genres such as speeches and public address, newspapers and periodicals, and poetry and fiction that spoke to their political and social contexts.  Students will learn to historicize texts and to analyze them using some key concepts from rhetorical theory.  We will also spend time in on-campus and regional archives, locating original primary sources and considering the role of the archive in constructing the past.  The course will culminate in students’ own original research project. Prerequisite: ENGH 150  



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