Department of English

Thomas Rushin


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RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of Weird Florida

43825 • Fall 2021
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 105
Wr

Sometimes known as the Australia of the United States, Florida has a reputation for being weird. To the outside world its diverse and deadly wildlife, theme parks and a multimillion-dollar tourist industry, lax tax laws, and the emergence of the modern-day folk hero/criminal Florida-Man all act as symptoms of a place that can only exist in the imagination. However, Florida is a real place with real people living their day to day lives amid the mythologies surrounding their home. The Rhetoric of Weird Florida will treat the Sunshine State and any related figures as texts in order examine how they contribute to the rhetorical construction of Florida’s “weird” reputation. The figures we shall examine in this course include landmarks, politicians, fictional characters, animals, news stories, and other elements of pop culture. Through our rhetorical analysis of Florida and its reputation to the outside world, students will gain an opportunity to critically engage with both spaces and the mythologies surrounding them that they may transfer to other venues in their lives.

 

Assignments and Grading

  • Participation/short assignment (assessed through discussion board posts and weekly student questions) 10%
  • Homework and reading responses 10%
  • Current events 10%
  • Project 1 (Literature review) 20%
  • Project 2 (Rhetorical analysis) 20%
  • Project 3 (Multimodal project and Reflection argument) 30%

 

Texts

  • Becoming Rhetorical, Jodie Nicotra, Cengage, 2019

Other major and minor readings on Canvas

RHE F309K • Rhetoric Of Weird Florida-Wb

83165 • Summer 2021
Internet; Asynchronous
Wr

Sometimes known as the Australia of the United States, Florida has a reputation for being weird. To the outside world its diverse and deadly wildlife, theme parks and a multimillion-dollar tourist industry, lax tax laws, and the emergence of the modern-day folk hero/criminal Florida-Man all act as symptoms of a place that can only exist in the imagination. However, Florida is a real place with real people living their day to day lives amid the mythologies surrounding their home. The Rhetoric of Weird Florida will treat the Sunshine State and any related figures as texts in order examine how they contribute to the rhetorical construction of Florida’s “weird” reputation. The figures we shall examine in this course include landmarks, politicians, fictional characters, animals, news stories, and other elements of pop culture. Through our rhetorical analysis of Florida and its reputation to the outside world, students will gain an opportunity to critically engage with both spaces and the mythologies surrounding them that they may transfer to other venues in their lives.

 

Assignments and Grading

  • Participation/short assignment (assessed through discussion board posts and weekly student questions) 10%
  • Homework and reading responses 10%
  • Current events 10%
  • Project 1 (Literature review) 20%
  • Project 2 (Rhetorical analysis) 20%
  • Project 3 (Multimodal project and Reflection argument) 30%

 

Texts

  • Becoming Rhetorical, Jodie Nicotra, Cengage, 2019

Other major and minor readings on Canvas

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