Speaking Between the Lines: Women, Rhetoric, and Power

Kara Knafelc

RHET 295
Core A2

Course Description:

What does it mean to speak? What does it mean to be silent? What does it mean to be heard? From antiquity to present day, women orators, writers, and rhetoricians have demonstrated a particular interest in addressing these questions. In this course, we will examine the work of numerous women rhetoricians, poets, and writers to explore how they have communicated their arguments in the political, artistic, and personal spheres. So too, we will explore the work of male thinkers and writers who have used “ventriloquism” to experiment with the liberated female voice. Finally, we will evaluate whether the rhetorical practices of women have something to lend to the broader social justice movement in its attempt to ensure rights for those who historically have been rendered voiceless and powerless.

Faculty Bio:

Kara Knafelc’s areas of academic interest lie in literature and social justice, multi-cultural rhetoric, and post-colonial political theory. She has taught at USF for nine years, four of which she has spent as part of the teaching team for the Martin-Baro Scholars community, one of USF’s social justice-focused, living-learning programs.