COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 006 You Can (Mostly) Get What You Want: The Art of Persuasion
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this class, you will learn to analyze and deploy a variety verbal, visual, and material rhetorics used to persuade an audience. We will explore a wide range of texts across geographies, genres, and time periods in order to gain familiarity with many different persuasive techniques and their contexts. Our course readings will include what is considered the very first nationalist speech (Pericles’ funeral oration in The History of the Peloponnesian War), persuasive speeches from Sophocles’ Antigone, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” and selections from Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, along with political speeches, court cases, web sites, and love letters. Through close engagement with assigned texts, class discussions, and formal writing assignments, you will learn to create complex, well-supported arguments in support of claims of action or claims of value. Writing assignments will be split between analysis, to examine how certain authors are persuading their audiences and why it works or doesn’t, and practice, so that you can master the art of persuasion — a skill that will serve you well, whether you’re applying for a scholarship, writing an op-ed, or running for office.

Course Requirements:

This course requires four papers:

  • Paper One – Rhetorical Analysis (4-6 pages)
  • Paper Two – Demographic and Discourse Analysis (5-7 pages)
  • Paper Three – Open Letter (6-8 pages)
  • Paper Four – Narrative-Based Argument (8-10 pages)
Course readings will serve as models or prompts for assigned essays, but the specific questions you pursue in your essays will be guided by your own interests.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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