ENGLISH 303 - Language and Rhetorical Studies
Winter 2018, Section 001 - Cultural Rhetorics
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Recommended for students interested in focusing their study of English on language matters.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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What does it mean to think about rhetoric as a way of relating?

During our time together, we will explore the ways in which ethics, power, and claims to authority inform different ways of relating—interpersonally, narratively, and theoretically. Our readings and class conversations will serve in many ways as an introduction to rhetorical theories of the 20th and 21st centuries, and we will pay specific attention to work emerging from disability studies, ethnic studies, critical race studies, and feminist rhetorics.

While rhetoric is often associated with the pejorative — think “mere” or “empty” rhetoric — our discussions will move beyond this focus, instead considering the ways in which cultural formations influence our perceptions of trickery. Some of our conversations will focus on the rhetorical act of bullshitt*ng, and the ways in which such coming-to-knowledge can be tactical and cunning (as well as the ways in which such strategies can disempower others through the very act of taking up space). But so too will we consider the ways in which resistant or resisting rhetorics — rhetors, speakers, and writers who critically work against rhetorical constraints imposed upon them — make crafty appeals to ethics, character, community-based practice, and/or dialogic exchange. Our readings will span the theoretical, creative, and popular.

Course Requirements:

Assignments will include short response papers, a rhetorical analysis project, and a multimodal final project. No prior knowledge of rhetoric or multimedia composition is required to take this class! We will learn together.


ENGLISH 303 - Language and Rhetorical Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/3/18 - 4/17/18
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
1/3/18 - 4/17/18
003 (DIS)
 In Person
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
1/3/18 - 4/17/18

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