Courses Taught


What is Rhetoric?  (Bates College: RHET100)  Introductory level rhetoric class.   Large lecture class which introduces students to the fundamental readings in rhetorical theory from Aristotle through contemporary scholars such as Foucault, Gates, and Burke.

Rhetorical Criticism (Bates College: Rhetoric 257)  Application of rhetorical theories to a variety of rhetorical artifacts in order to understand the unique insights afforded by rhetorical studies.  Students write, discuss and present papers in which they apply and analyze different rhetorical perspectives.

Television Criticism (Bates College: Rhetoric 276)  Examines the representational strategies employed by television to convey social messages.  The goals of the course are twofold: first, to acquaint students with basic theoretical premises of rhetorical approaches to television; and second to provide students an opportunity for critical and original research.

The Rhetoric of Women (Bates College: FYS262). This first year seminar introduces students to rhetorical approaches to historical and popular texts by, about, and critiqued by women.  The course focuses on both those discourses created by women, and the way women’s texts are then interpreted by the mass media.  Texts will be drawn from the suffrage movement, celebrity magazines, television, newspapers, and academic/critical writing.

Presidential Campaign Rhetoric (Bates College: Rhetoric 391b)  In this course students explore the wide array of discourse surrounding Presidential Campaigns.  Texts include political speeches, political advertisements, debates and news reporting on the campaign.  Special attention is paid to newspaper and television coverage of candidates and the development of image. A major component of this course is a mock campaign in which all students participate.

Television Criticism: Prime-Time Women (Bates College: Rhetoric s30)  Short course in which students examine television programs to understand how they negotiate social issues.  Older programs are examined to reveal how women’s roles were articulated and represented to the American public.  Themes are then examined in contemporary programming to assess the condition of “prime-time women.”

Conspiracy Rhetoric (Bates College: Rhetoric s32)  Short course that explores the types and functions of conspiracy discourse in pop-culture, politics, and American culture.