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.
U.S. Public Address 1630-1865
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 colonial period through the end of the Civil War. 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.
U.S. Public 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.
African American Rhetoric
The persuasive efforts, primarily oratorical, by African Americans attempting to gain freedom, establish citizenship, and acquire equal rights. Emphasis on discursive and nondiscursive rhetorical strategies of black identity, power, and community. Consideration of the rhetorical construction of ideologies of struggle, the external and internal debates characteristic of black social movements, and the rhetorical cultivation of black consciousness.
Race, Class & Gender in Media
Examining how social perceptions of race, gender, and class are influenced by the mass media. The social connections between and among representations in print, film, electronic, digital media, institutional practices, and our experience of race, gender and class.
A survey of the different media systems in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Oceania. Exploring the basic characteristics of media philosophies, reporting, content and audience in each world region, and discussion of the impact of media globalization ('Westernization' of the media, clash of cultures, transnational media conglomerations, new technologies, etc.).
International Women's Rhetoric
Analysis of speeches given by women in the international community about their conditions and their circumstances. Exploring the historical, socio-political, and cultural contexts of speeches by women to understand the rhetorical strategies and effects of their messages.
African-American Film Rhetoric
This seminar analyzes films that are either written, produced, or directed by African Americans from a rhetorical perspective. Taking this perspective means analyzing films as responses to socio political circumstances and as a type of social discourse that engages other discourses about African-American identity and experiences. The course is unique in its focus on African-American films exclusively, and in its study of these films as social discourse rather than as cinematic art.