ENGL708A - Seminar in Rhetoric; Feminist Memory Studies

In this graduate seminar, students will consider and define the emerging field of feminist memory studies. First, we will examine memory studies as a scholarly conversation within the fields of rhetoric and English studies, asking how are enactments of public memory rhetorical? What does it mean to remember the past within the contexts and exigencies of the present moment? Then, we will consider how a feminist theoretical perspective reshapes and redirects the field of memory studies. Here students will consider how enactments of public memory are gendered and how women are remembered on the public landscape. Students will also reflect upon the opportunities and constraints that attend feminist commemoration, and they will explore how the tenets of feminist theory (such as valuing the collective and the everyday) should invigorate and complicate feminist approaches to memory studies.