Core-Coursing Counterstory: On Master Narrative Histories of Rhetorical Studies Curricula

Aja Y. Martinez

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This essay discusses the racialized politics, histories, and ideologies that inform the crafting and instituting of core curricula in rhetorical studies. As is the case in many rhetoric and writing studies undergraduate majors and graduate programs, core curricula can be counted on to contain survey courses that review the histories and theories of rhetoric and composition—sometimes separately, sometimes overlapping, and always subject to the ideological orientation of the program/department and the scholarly training of its professors. Through critical race counterstory, this essay explores what core curricula are intended to do within rhetoric and writing studies programs/departments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-416
Number of pages15
JournalRhetoric Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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