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WRIT 220: Rhetorical Traditions Spring 2008 Rhetorical Traditions is an introduction to historical rhetoric and its relationship to reading, writing, and speaking in modern contexts. We will define rhetoric’s traditions, terms, and enduring realms of influence. Rhetorical Traditions will examine the three main periods in Western Rhetoric that influence our current use of language: the Classical Period; Christian Europe, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment; and the Modern Period. Rhetorical Traditions will also introduce other kinds of rhetoric, specifically African, Asian, Feminist, Judaic, Muslim, and Native American, alphabetically. And there are others. I encourage students to pursue, through research for their paper and during class discussions, other rhetorical traditions that become of interest. Rhetorical Traditions is a survey course, meant to give you an overview of the discipline. In order to give rhetoric a meaningful focus, we will examine language use through how it affects people’s abilities to participate in their societies through government and religion. Dr. Kate Kessler 2284 Harrison Hall 83527 [email protected] Office Hours: Texts and Materials: Herrick, James A. The History and Theory of Rhetoric . 3rd ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2005. Pagels, Elaine. The Gnostic Gospels . Vintage (Random House): New York, 1979. Postings to blackboard which you must print and bring to class. Government = a system of ruling; the exercise of authority; the influence of one word over another Religion = reverence for holiness; belief in a divine to be obeyed and worshiped as creator and ruler; a system of belief, worship, and conduct involving a code of ethics; conscientious regard and pursuit
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WRIT 220 Rhetorical Traditions Syllabus If you are absent , contact a class colleague to find out what you missed , including any changes to the syllabus. Readings are to be completed by the date listed. Part 1: Classical Rhetoric, BCE Week One, January 7 - 11 M: Course introduction and overview: Father Walter Ong and the transition from orality to literacy W: Handout from Rhetoric and Human Consciousness: “A Timeline of Events” Socratic dialogue: “The Cave” (on blackboard) F: History and Theory of Rhetoric : Chapter 1: An Overview of Rhetoric, pages 1 – 28 Week Two, January 14 - 18 M: Chapter 2: The Origins and Early History of Rhetoric, pages 31 – 5 W: Epideictic oratory: Gorgias’ Encomium on Helen” (blackboard) Oprah Winfrey’s oration for Rosa Parks F: Stephen Colbert’s Press banquet roast, Julius Caesar: Antony’s funeral oration and Pericles’ “Funeral Oration” (blackboard) Week Three, January 21 - 25 M: Plato’s “Gorgias” (blackboard) *No class: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday W: Chapter 3: Plato versus the Sophists: Rhetoric on Trial, pages 53 - 71 F: Plato’s “Phaedrus” (blackboard) Week Four, January 28 – February 1 M: Chapter 4: Aristotle on Rhetoric, pages 72 - 91 W: Aristotle Rhetoric (blackboard) F: Quintilian Institutio Oratio (blackboard) Week Five, February 4 - 8 M: Cicero De Inventione (blackboard) W: Chapter 5: Rhetoric at Rome, pages 92 – 119 F : Review of Classical Rhetoric
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