San Francisco: Bohemia, Counterculture, and Subcultures

Michael Rozendal

RHET 195
Core A2

Course Description:

From the mid-century Beats to the iconic Hippies to the ongoing proliferation of lively subcultures, San Francisco has become synonymous with culture at the intersection artistic freedom and social transformation.  This First Year Seminar will sample historic and contemporary San Francisco culture, controversy, and writing to engage these vibrant roots and current expressions. By focusing on several developing communities, this course will consider some of the social dimensions of rhetoric.  As a writing and reading intensive course, there will be regular shorter assignments for each meeting, independent research, three major papers, presentations, and a collective digital project. The urban space of San Francisco will be an important part of the course, so we will deepen our reading by digging into Haight-Ashbury, exploring North Beach, and sailing to Alcatraz

Faculty Bio:

Michael Rozendal is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Director of the Dual Degree in Teacher Preparation Program. His research on the culture of the 1930s has focused on the print communities bridging the formally radical and politically radical. Professor Rozendal has taught and lectured on 1930s American culture, contemporary political rhetoric, postmodern literature, modernist little journals.