Anita August, Ph.D.

Anita August, Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Dr. August directs the University’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program (WAC) and teaches Rhetoric and Writing Studies Courses.  Her Ph.D. is in Rhetoric and Writing Studies and her scholarly interests are Nineteenth-Century Feminist Historiography, Feminist Visual Culture,Composition Pedagogy, Writing and Identity, Rhetoric(s) of Social Protest, Folk and Fairytale Narratives and Rhetorical Theory.

Her debut novel, Gut Bucket Blues is inspired by the blues and jazz music of New Orleans within a pastiche of literary writing styles: jump rope rhymes, jazz riffs, blues and spiritual songs, poetry, and drama. Dr. August has presented several conference papers on the rhetorical processes of Nineteenth-Century Feminists, Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells, Neo-Black Social Protest Rhetoricians, Jay-Z and Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Cultural Critics and Literary Writers, Joan Didion and Marguerite Duras. Dr. August is currently working on a novel that will re-vision popular fairy tales as rhetorical tropes for feminine self-identification, power, agency, and collective empowerment. 

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