Immigration Rhetoric: Our Love-Hate Relationship with U.S. Immigration

Fran Ferrante

RHET 295
Core A2

Course Description:

This course, which fulfills the CORE A2 requirement, will focus on the following question:  In the United States, why do we have a love/hate relationship with immigrants?  Exploring various written and visual texts, students will analyze the rhetoric of immigration to uncover the spectrum of attitudes towards immigrants. Attention will be given to the various waves of immigration with an historical awareness of the need for immigrants as well as the needs of immigrants. Assignments will include critical reading and discussion as a precursor to academic writing.  Discerning the powerful nuances of rhetoric, students will compose rhetorical analyses of written and visual sources.  Inspired by personal and/or academic interests relative to the immigrant experience, students will complete a university level research project synthesizing multiple sources.  We will view and critique feature and documentary films. Local field trips will complement reading and discussion.

Faculty Bio:

In 1974, Fran Ferrante left her native New York to teach high school in Sydney, Australia and began a period of travel fueled by a love of world cultures.  A produced playwright and former environmental columnist, Professor Ferrante has been teaching writing at USF since 2002.  She has a life-long interest in the immigrant experience stemming from family stories about life in Italy.  Residing in California since 1978, she has informally studied the immigrant experience as it reflects the non-European immigrant.  She is particularly interested in the clash between the imagined community that idealizes the immigrant and vitriolic anti-immigrant rhetoric.