Department of Communications Studies
Courses offered in the Department of Communication Studies include surveys of the rhetorical tradition, studies of the history of oratory, analytical courses designed to improve students' critical skills and appreciation of mediated communication, investigation of classical means of persuasion, argumentation and debate, coupled with their modern applications, and courses which seek to develop understanding of contemporary theories of communication. Special topics courses are offered every year, including occasional Maymester classes. Courses of independent study and research are also available.
|Department Location:||213 Calhoun Hall|
|Mailing Address:||Department of Communication Studies
VU Station B #351505
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1505
|Website:||Department of Communication Studies|
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(National Communication Association (U.S.), 2000-04)Through a critical reading of the mass mediated discourse that arose in the wake of the John/Joan or "twins" case, this analysis investigates contemporary iterations of gender performativity, gendered morals and feminism. ...
(Eastern Communication Association, 1994)After reviewing contemporary cultural and media scholarship that emphasizes the role of audiences in creating resistant readings of texts, this essay suggests that such audience-oriented theories should be re-supplemented ...
(Western States Communication Association, 2000)
The Politics of Authenticity in Postmodern Rock Culture: The Case of Negativland and The Letter "U" and the Numeral "2" (Speech Communication Association, 1998-03)Based on recent concerns with the notion of authenticity and effective politics in contemporary popular culture and scholarship on culture, this essay uses a case study of the legal and popular controversy surrounding the ...
(Western States Communication Association, 1999)We appreciate the opportunity to respond to the many issues raised in Kendall Phillips's (1999a) essay "A Rhetoric of Controversy" and Thomas Goodnight's (1999) essay/response "Mssrs. Dinkins, Rangel and Savage in Colloquy ...
(Speech Communication Association, 1995-03)Critical rhetoricians should, by criticizing vernacular discourse, follow the path of those who have discussed the rhetoric of the oppressed. The critique of powerful discourse has broad "historical" impact and therefore ...
(Central States Communication Association (U.S.), 1992)This essay is developed along two lines. First, I investigate contemporary arguments and public discussions from which the concept of "alternative punishments" is being constructed and speculate about the influence of these ...
(National Communication Association (U.S.), 2005-09)Through an analysis of public discourse surrounding two different controversies featuring professional race car driver, Deborah Renshaw, this article foregrounds contemporary relationships between gender and (auto)mobility. ...
(National Communication Association (U.S.), 2006-03)In this essay, we argue that man-on-man kissing, and its representations, have been insufficiently mobilized within apolitical, incremental, and assimilationist pro-gay logics of visibility. In response, we call for a ...
(Bowling Green State University. Dept. of Sociology, 1999)