The Rhetoric of the Streets
This unit will map the performative journeys of the drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who patrol our streets, pages, and screens. Flaneurs, fetishists, poets, petty criminals, predators, and despairing shift-workers will all jostle for space. Students will reconfigure the streets as rhetorical spaces and consider how authors, artists and filmmakers use urban streetscapes as sites to construct representations of class, gender, race, sanity and sexuality. Students will be challenged to reconsider concepts of authorship and to interrogate different kinds of texts.