HISTORIES OF FEMINIST RHETORICS AND WRITING PRACTICES 

 

AN EXPERIMENTAL GRADUATE COURE TAUGHT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, AND PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY WITH PROFESSORS KATHLEEN WELCH, ANDREA A. LUNSFORD, AND CHERYL GLENN

 

Department of English, University of Oklahoma. Professor Kathleen Welch (kwelch@ou.edu)

English 5453, sec. 001/Fall 1997

 

COURSE WEBSITE FOR ALL 3 UNIVERSITIES: http://rossby.ou.edu./~femrhets

 

Featuring print and electronic interaction with faculty and graduate students in the same new course taught by Distinguished Professor Andrea Lunsford (lunsford.2@osu.edu), Dept. of English, Ohio State University, and Professor Cheryl G lenn (cjg6@psu.edu), Dept. of English, Pennsylvania State University.

 

 

SYLLABUS

 

Weeks 1-6: Women and Writing in Classical Rhetoric: Situating Ourselves and Situating Our Histories

 

Week 1: Aug. 26 & 28

Introduction to the experimental course. Procedures for electronic communication with Ohio State Univ. and Penn. State Univ., including a schedule for the Internet Relay Chat. Aug. 28: Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition ent ry on Sappho (CP); selections from Sappho in Barnard trans. Glenn, "Classical Rhetoric Conceptualized, or Vocal Men and Muted Women" (CP) (concentrating on Sappho, the Pythagorean women)

 

Week 2: Sept. 2 & 4 "Diotima," Plato, Symposium; entry on Diotima, Encyc. (CP)

 

 

Week 3: Sept. 9 & ll Symposium continued.

 

opt. Welch, "Appropriating Plato's Rhetoric and Writing into Contemporary Rhetoric and Composition Studies" (CP); opt. Swearingen in Lunsford, "A Lover's Discourse: Diotima, Logos, and Desire;" opt. Welch, "Plato, Diotima, and Teaching Discourse" (CP); opt. Halperin, "Why Is Diotima a Woman?" (CP)

 

Week 4: Sept. 16 & 18 "Aspasia," Plato, Menexenus; entry on Aspasia, Encyc. (CP)

 

Week 5: Sept. 23 & 25; Biesecker, "Coming to Terms with Recent Attempts to Write Women into the History of Rhetoric" (CP); Campbell, "Biesecker Cannot Speak for Her Either" (CP).

 

 

Opt. Blair, "Contested Histories of Rhetoric" (CP); opt. Sutton, "The Taming of Polus/Polis: Rhetoric as an Achievement without Women." (CP)

 

Week 6: Sept. 30 & Oct. 2 Women and historicizing rhetoric:

What Histories Do. Lunsford, "On Reclaiming Rhetorica" in Lunsford; Glenn, ""Mapping the Silences" (CP) Two-page response due on paper and on electronic mailing list.

 

Week 7: Oct. 7 & 9 Corbett, "A Survey of Rhetoric" (CP);

Welch, "Appropriating Competing Systems of Classical Greek Rhetoric: Considering Isocrates and Gorgias with Plato in the New Rhetoric of the Fourth Century B.C." (CP);

Jarratt and R. Ong in Lunsford, "Aspasia: Rhetoric, Gender, and Colonial Ideology."

 

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Weeks 8-11: Unsettling the Nineteenth Century: African American and White Women Rhetors/Writers in Nineteenth-Century America

 

 

Week 8: Oct. 14 & 16 Sojourner Truth, "Speech Delivered to the Woman's Rights Convention, Akron, Ohio, 1851" (2 versions) (CP); Truth, "Speech Delivered to the First Annual Meeting of the American Equal Rights Association Conven tion, New York City, 1867;" Logan, "Introduction" and "Time Line" in With Pen and Voice (CP);

 

opt. Logan, "Black Women on the Speaker's Platform" (CP);

opt. Logan, biographical sketch of Sojourner Truth (CP);

opt. Lipscomb in Lunsford, "Sojourner Truth: A Practical Public Discourse"

 

 

Week 9: Oct. 21 & 23 Margaret Fuller, excerpts from Woman in the Nineteenth Century

 

opt. Hobbs, "Cultures and Practices of U.S. Women's Literacy" (CP);

opt.: Kolodny in Lunsford, "Inventing a Feminist Discourse: Rhetoric and Resistance in Margaret Fuller's Woman in the Nineteenth Century"

 

Week 10: Oct. 28 & 30 Ida B. Wells excerpts in Royster, Southern Horrors; Royster introduction; Royster in Lunsford, "To Call a Thing by Its True Name: The Rhetoric of Ida B. Wells"

 

 

opt. Kates, "The Embodied Rhetoric of Hallie Quinn Brown" (CP);

opt. Logan, "Out of Their Own Mouths" (CP)

 

Weeks 11-16: Contemporary Women's Rhetorics/Writings: The Electronic Present

 

Week 11: Nov. 4 & 6 Wells continued. Ohio State University Colloquium, Women in the History of Rhetoric. Welch, "Classical Rhetoric and Contemporary Rhetoric and Composition Studies: Electrifying Classical Rhetoric"

 

Two-page response due on paper and on electronic mailing list (Th)

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Weeks 12-16: Contemporary Women's Rhetorics/Writings: The Electronic Present

 

Week 12: Nov. 11 & 13 Ede, Glenn, Lunsford, "Border Crossings: Intersections of Rhetoric and Feminism" (CP); Spender, "Women, Power, and Cyberspace" (CP); Barsook, "Memoirs of a Token" (CP); Ullman, "Come In, CQ" (CP); Wambeam, S piderwoman Summit" (CP); Krochmal, "Fighting the Copyright Wars with 'Genius Grant' in Hand" (CP); and Benedek, "Steal This Program" (CP); Turkel, "Who Am We?" (CP)

 

Week 13: Nov. 18 & 20

Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs, and Women, chaps. 1-6

2 pp. meta-analysis of online exchanges due Th.

Week 14: FINAL PROJECT DUE MONDAY, NOV. 24, @ 5 P.M.

Nov. 25 & 27 rest of Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs, & Women

 

opt. Penley & Ross, "Cyborgs at Large: Interview with Donna Haraway" (CP)

 

Week 15: Dec. 2 & 4 In Emig & Phelps, eds., Feminine Principles and Women's Experience in American Composition and Rhetoric: Dalmas Johsberg, w/Salgado and the Women of The Next Step, "Composing the Multiple Self;" and Phelps, "Becoming a Warrior."

 

Week 16: Dec. 9 & ll Discussion of final projects. The Next Stage for Electronic Rhetorics/Feminisms/Writing Practices

excerpt from Phelps and Emig, Royster, "In Search of Ways In." Moss, "Intersections of Race and Class in the Academy" (CP)