This seminar engages with American Indian thought so as to both honor the specificities and breadth of American Indian rhetorics and to interrogate trends in current rhetorical theory, including object-oriented rhetoric and rhetorical ecologies. We will begin the semester with readings from American Indian philosophers so as to explore one model of putting American Indian epistemologies in conversation with “traditionally Western” philosophies. In these weeks, we will look both to pan-tribal and tribally specific ways of knowing and being. Next, we will examine definitions and realities of being American Indian, and consider how power and agency circulate with these contexts. We will work to define what we mean by American Indian rhetorics so as to build a bridge to the final unit of the course which examines a selection of modern rhetorical theory. In this last unit, we will consider what is gained by reading these texts through an American Indian rhetorical lens.
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