Date of Award

12-17-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Michael Harker

Second Advisor

Lynee L. Gaillet

Third Advisor

Mary B. Zeigler

Abstract

This study contributes to a growing body of localized institutional microhistories that recover rhetorical education at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). My research analyzes the pedagogically-focused scholarship of G. David Houston, a Howard University professor and chair of the Department of English during the New Negro movement of the early twentieth century. Using Susan Kates’s concept of activist rhetorics as a heuristic, this study shows that Houston’s work exemplifies an embodied pedagogy that responds directly to Howard University’s unique institutional, historical, and social location.

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