ENGH 488: Topics in Writing and Rhetoric

ENGH 488-005: Politics of Language
(Fall 2022)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW

Music Theater Building 1002

Section Information for Fall 2022

This course explores how discourse and language create and maintain power differentials and establish "standard language ideologies." We will look at how these linguistic forces function as mechanisms that reinforce perceptions of difference. We will examine the role colonial projects have played in stigmatizing non-prestige languages and dialects in order to establish a “standard language ideology” that further marginalizes disadvantaged communities. We will look at examples of how this ideology continues to permeate inter/national and institutional policies, reinforcing systemic racism and modern subject formation. We will draw on scholarship in sociolinguistics, writing and rhetoric studies, and cultural studies to challenge longstanding deficit views of “non-standard” linguistic identities and language practices (e.g. Black English, accented English, code-meshed English, World Englishes, etc.) associated with racialized and socially-marginalized communities.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Advanced studies in rhetoric and writing. Introduces key rhetorical terminology and examines how texts construct meaning and how those meanings are determined within social contexts. Topics may include the relationship between rhetorics and poetics, rhetoric and new media, histories of rhetoric, global rhetorics, argument theory, discourse analysis, theories of technical communication, or advanced theories of composition and pedagogy. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different with permission of department. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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