For this assignment, you will write a short essay (1000-1200 words) that further describes the rhetoric of the subaltern counterpublic you wrote about in Assignment 4. Your thesis for this essay should make an argument about how the rhetoric of the subaltern counterpublic works to describe itself as separate from dominant or mainstream public rhetoric. In making this argument, draw on and explicitly cite at least one reading from Lessons 8, 9, and 10. You may continue to work with the same texts you discovered for Assignment 4 or you may seek out new texts that are part of the same subaltern counterpublic. Whether you revisit the previous texts or find new ones (all of which must be relevant to the same counterpublic!), make sure that there is enough content to answer the questions below. If you are struggling to figure out how to match up the texts you are finding with the questions, just shoot me an email and I will do my best to help.
This essay should address the following:
1. Analyze the role of political mythin the texts of the subaltern counterpublic. As you do so, you may want to address the following questions: What kind of myths does this subaltern counterpublic oppose and attempt to debunk? Do they rely on any myths themselves, and if so, are they myths that they share with the vision of the world that they oppose? Are there any myths that they are attempting to cause a structural change in?
2.Identify and describe two types of ideographs in the subaltern counterpublic texts:ideographs that the texts use and ideographs that they critique. If the texts use and critique the same ideographs, that’s fine, just make sure you explain how that is happening.
3.How does the rhetoric of the subaltern counterpublic contest (or conversely, draw upon)the power of institutionalized discourses? Name some specific discursive practices of these institutions and how the counterpublic engages with them.