ENGL489R - Special Topics in English Language: Women and Rhetoric in U.S. Literature

In this course we will read novels, short stories, and non- fiction produced by American women between 1870 and 1920, with attention to their implied and explicit rhetorical purposes. We will consider what elements make a text rhetorical, regardless of genre, and identify some of the rhetorical concepts that enable analyses of those elements. We will read texts by such writers as Frances Harper (Minnie's Sacrifice) , Helen Hunt Jackson (Ramona) , Anna Julia Cooper (A Voice from the South), Kate Chopin (The Awakening),  Angelina Weld Grimk√© (Rachel) and short stories by Alice Dunbar Nelson. Two rhetorical analyses, an oral presentation, and a final exam will be required.


Two English courses or permission of department.