Machiavellian Persuasion: Rhetoric from Plato's Cave to Political 'Spin'
Investigation of how rhetoric constructs social experience. Mechanisms of rhetorical persuasion in major literary texts (Dante, Cervantes, Rousseau, Garcia-Marquez) and memorable cultural moments (Haitian Revolution, fascism, Vichy France, Latin American dictatorships) in global Romance studies traditions. The neuroscience, anthropology, and economics of tropes. One course.