ENG 686 Directed Reading History & Theory of Rhetoric

Course Description

This course is intended as a fast-paced introduction to the rhetorical tradition, both in terms of the past canon and regarding the present extrapolation, amendation, and revision of that canon. The course offers readings in primary sources of the tradition before moving into critical works from recent rhetorical scholarship.


  • The Rhetorical Tradition, Ed. Bizzell & Herzberg, 2nd Edition.
  • Susan Jarratt, Rereading the Sophists
  • Gerald Vizenor, Manifest Manners: Narratives on Postindian Survivance
  • Richard Doyle, Darwin’s Pharmacy
  • Ian Bogost, Persuasive Games
  • Diane Davis, Inessential Solidarity