This upper-division writing course at the Univeristy of Florida surveys rhetorical theory and writing studies scholarship related to the rising interest posthumanism. This course raises questions like "Can animals reason?" "Do plants write?", "Do objects shape human perception?", and "Can we separate the digital from the material?" Using a diverse range of posthuman theories, we will trace histories of rhetoric and writing which counter or trouble those set forth by students of Aristotle and Descartes that deny agency to nonhumans. In doing so, this course considers writing beyond, after, and even in opposition to conceptions of humanism and the human.
- Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace.. Joseph M. Williams. Any edition.
- Daily access to your university email.
- VWriting Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing. Sidney Dobrin (Ed.) Parlor Press, 2015 (optional print version, or digital version available through the library and off-campus access via UF VPN).
- Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing. Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky (Eds.) Parlor Press, 2010 (Online at Writingspaces.org).
- Web Writing Style Guide.. Matt Barton, James Kalmbach, and Charles Lowe (Eds.) Parlor Press, 2010 (Online at Writingspaces.org).
Content: Students demonstrate competence in the terminology, concepts, theories and methodologies used within writing studies and the posthumanities.
Communication: Students communicate knowledge, ideas and reasoning clearly and effectively across modalities. Students will participate in classdiscussions throughout the semester to reflect on assigned readings.
Argumentation: Students develop an understanding of the role of affect in posthuman argumentation, discovering how to analyze and discuss affective media as an argumentative form.
Research & Write: Students select a research topic which they will focus on throughout the semester. The ideal topic will connect projects to individual professional, civic, personal, or academic interests.