ENGL 354 Modern Rhetorical Theory
ENGL 354 Modern Rhetorical Theory

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Course Schedule

How To Read This Schedule: All readings will be completed before class on the date on which they are assigned. Anything in bold is work to be completed before class and brought with you on the day listed. Paper due dates, also in bold, indicate that the completed manuscript of your paper must be in the correct dropbox on eCampus before midnight on the day indicated.

Unit 1: The Public

Week 1 What Was Rhetoric?

Mon 08/28

  • Course Overview

Wed 08/30

  • Course Overview, Take 2

Fri 09/01

  • Boethius, “An Overview of the Structure of Rhetoric”

Week 2 Modernism and the Crisis of Democracy

Wed 09/06

  • Sigmund Freud, from Civilization and Its Discontents

Fri 09/08

  • Bronislaw Malinowski, from Myth in Primitive Psychology

Week 3 Mass Media and "The" "Public"

Mon 09/11

  • Walter Lippmann, from Public Opinion
  • Presentation on Invention

Wed 09/13

Fri 09/15

  • Lippmann
  • Presentation on Style
  • Practice RRA Due

Week 4 Responses to Lippmann

Mon 09/18

Wed 09/20

  • George Herbert Mead, from Mind, Self, and Society
  • Presentation on Delivery

Fri 09/22

  • Mead & Dewey
  • Presentation on Audience

Week 5 Manipulating the Public

Mon 09/25

  • Edward Bernays, from Propaganda
    • Ch. 1-2
  • Presentation on Ethos

Wed 09/27

  • Kenneth Burke, “The Rhetoric of Hitler’s Battle”
  • Presentation on Logos

Fri 09/29

  • Burke & Bernays
  • Presentation on Pathos

Unit 2: Signs of Persuasion

Week 6 This is all Happening In Language!

Mon 10/02

  • Ferdinand de Saussure, “Object of Linguistics” & “Nature of Linguistic Signs” from Course in General Linguistics
  • Presentation on Epideictic Rhetoric

Wed 10/04

  • Friedrich Nietzsche, “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense”
  • Presentation on Forensic Rhetoric

Fri 10/06

  • Saussure & Nietzsche
  • Presentation on Deliberative Rhetoric
  • RRA #1 Due

Week 7 Rhetoric: The Return, Wk. 1

Mon 10/09

  • I.A. Richards, from The Philosophy of Rhetoric (Lecture 2)
  • Presentation on Scheme

Wed 10/11

  • I.A. Richards, from The Philosophy of Rhetoric (Lecture 3)
  • Presentation on Trope

Fri 10/13

  • Richards
  • Presentation on Topoi

Week 8 Rhetoric: The Return, Wk. 2

Mon 10/16

  • Chaim Perelman & Lucie Olbrechts-Tolteca, from The New Rhetoric
  • Presentation on Decorum

Wed 10/18

Fri 10/20

  • Perelman, Olbrechts-Tolteca, & Booth
  • Presentation on Enthymeme

Week 9 Rhetoric's Situation

Mon 10/23

Wed 10/25

Fri 10/27

  • Bitzer & King
  • Presentation on Jeremiad

Week 10 Signs & Power

Mon 10/30

  • J.L. Austin, from How To Do Things With Words
  • Presentation on Motive

Wed 11/01

  • Jacques Derrida, “Signature, Event, Context”
  • Presentation on Power

Fri 11/03

  • Austin & Derrida
  • Presentation on Toulmin Argument

Unit 3: Rhetoric in the World

Week 11 The Myth of Woman

Mon 11/06

  • Simone De Beauvoir, from The Second Sex
  • Presentation on Epistemic Rhetoric

Wed 11/08

Fri 11/10

  • De Beauvoir and Friedan
  • RRA #2 Due

Week 12 New Theories of Communication

Mon 11/13

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr., from Signifying Monkey
  • Presentation on Neo-Aristotelianism

Wed 11/15

Fri 11/17

  • Presentation on Public Sphere

Week 13 Writing Digits & Thanksgiving Break

Mon 11/20

Wed 11/22

No Class

Reading Day

Fri 11/24

No Class

Thanksgiving Break

Week 14 Origins of Persuasion

Mon 11/27

Wed 11/29

Fri 12/01

  • Kennedy & Doyle

Week 15 Affective Circulations