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Public Speaking

Study of the fundamental principles and strategies of informative, persuasive, and ceremonial speaking. Emphasis on how to research, organize, and deliver a speech. The ethical, political, and social character of public speaking is also examined. Students perform a variety of speeches and oral exercises and serve as speech critics and interlocutors.


Introduction to Rhetoric

Topical survey of the major questions and controversies in rhetorical theory, criticism, and practice. Topics include: classical canons of rhetoric, rhetoric146s role in civic life, and rhetoric146s relation to power, politics, law, education, and ethics. Readings may include selections from Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Nietzsche, Burke, Toulmin, Perelmen, Habermas, Foucault, White, Allen, and others.


Rhetorical Criticism

Survey of the major methods of rhetorical criticism, including neo-Aristotelianism, dramatism, social movement rhetoric, close textual analysis, and others. Topics include: the theoretical underpinnings of these methods, examining the nature of rhetorical texts, analyzing scholarly essays that employ these methods, and writing and presenting essays based on critical analysis of rhetorical texts.


Rhetoric in the Ancient World

The history of rhetorical theory and practice from 500 BCE to 500 CE. Focus on Greek and Roman rhetorics' relation to politics, law, religion, philosophy, liberal education and culture along with an examination of ancient rhetorics' influence on medieval rhetoric. Readings include selections from the sophists, Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Tacitus, and Augustine.


Rhetoric in the Modern World

The history of rhetorical theory and practice from the Renaissance to the present. Focus on the European tradition with special attention given to rhetoric146s relation to liberal education, politics, law, ethics, religion, myth, and ritual. Readings are from primary texts in the rhetorical tradition and may include selections from Petrarch, Salutati, Valla, Bracciolini, Cavalcanti, Ramus, Erasmus, Bacon, Hobbes, Lamy, Fenelon, Mackenzie, Locke, Vico, Monboddo, Blair, Campbell, Whately, Theremin, Nietzsche, Richards, Weaver, Burke, Perelman, Toulmin, Foucault, Habermas, and others


U.S. Publc Address 1866-Prsnt

History and criticism of major U.S. speeches and rhetorical texts. Examination of a broad range of historical and rhetorical factors that influenced the construction and reception of speeches from the end of the Civil War to the present. Focus on the political, religious, legal, and social exigencies to which the speeches responded, as well as the place of these rhetorical texts in U.S. public controversies.


Studies in Rhetoric

Concentrated study in one area, controversy, or theorist of rhetoric. Course topics change with each offering. Possible topics include the rhetoric of law, the rhetoric of social movements, Native American rhetoric, Cicero, or Kenneth Burke.


Rhetoric in the Age of Protest

Study of the discursive and nondiscursive aspects of protest in the period 1948-1973. Focus on the forms and functions of rhetorics and counter-rhetorics in U.S. controversies over communism, civil rights, free speech, war, students' rights, women's rights, farm workers' rights, native american rights, gay rights, environmental damage, and poverty.


History of Ideas in Context I

Texts and ideas from a variety of disciplines and genres (including the humanities, fine arts, and political philosophy) in both Western and non-Western cultural contexts. Topics will vary.


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