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 class starts on the day indicated.
Note on Texts: There is no textbook in this class. All readings are available online.
Text Availability: Most texts are linked below. If a text is not a link, it will be available on our eCampus site in the “Information” section.
Day Descriptions: Works that are not links and not in the format of <Author>, “<Title>” or <Author>, <Title> are descriptions of the day’s work and not readings.
Unit 1: Understanding History
This unit examines the topic of history in 20th century rhetorical theory.
- Course Overview
- John Muckelbauer, “Returns of the Question” (distributed in class)
- C. Jan Swearingen, “Literate Rhetors and Their Illiterate Audiences: the Orality of Early Literacy”
- “Sophist” from Wikipedia
- Alcidamas, “Against the Sophist; Or Those Who Compose Written Texts”
- Aristotle, From On Rhetoric
- Bruce McComiskey, “Disassembling Plato’s Critique of Rhetoric in the Gorgias (447a-466a)”
- Patricia Bizzell, “Editing the Rhetorical Tradition”
Academic Writing Day
- Writing About Rhetorical Theory
- Susan C Jarratt, “The First Sophists and Feminism: Discourse of the ‘Other’”
- Roxanne Mountford, “On Gender and Rhetorical Space”
Unit 2: Shaping Subjectivity
This unit examines the relationship between rhetoric and human subjectivity.
- Kenneth Burke, “Definition of Man”
- Lloyd F. Bitzer, “The Rhetorical Situation”
- First Paper Due on Friday
- Richard E Vatz, “The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation”
- Jim W. Corder, “Argument as Emergence, Rhetoric as Love”
- Sonja K Foss and Cindy L Griffin, “Beyond Persuasion: A Proposal for an Invitational Rhetoric”
- Nina M. Lozano-Reich and Dana L Cloud, “The Uncivil Tongue: Invitational Rhetoric and the Problem of Inequality”
- Diane Davis, “Notes Toward a Rhetoricity of the Living”
- George A Kennedy, “A Hoot in the Dark”
Unit 3: Emerging Technology
This unit explores the relationship between rhetoric and emerging technologies.
- Walter J. Ong, “Writing is a Technology That Restructures Thought”
- Richard Lanham, “The Electronic Word: Literary Study and the Digital Revolution”
Academic Writing Day
- Writing with Technology
- Second Paper Due Today
- Cynthia L. Selfe and Richard J. Selfe, Jr, “The Politics of the Interface”
- Jeff Rice, “Networks and New Media”
- Karl Stolley, “The Lo-Fi Manifesto”
- Third Paper Due on 05/10
Redefined Day (Go To Friday Classes)