In this course, we are investigating the rhetoric of the built environment in Atlanta from historical, cultural, and political perspectives. Places–parks, classrooms, social media sites–are rhetorical. That is, they are created for purposes, audiences, and contexts. Through rhetorical analysis, we can learn about their functions, who is welcome (and not welcome) within them, who built them and why. Rhetorical analysis also gives us a means to explore how the rhetoric of the built environment expresses and influences history, politics, and social relations–such as class, gender, race, age, and disability.
Written by: Dr. Robin Wharton