RICHARD L. W. CLARKE


 

 

 

LITS3301 ISSUES IN CRITICISM

MODULE ONE: RHETORICAL THEORY: FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW RHETORIC
 

WEEK ONE: INTRODUCTORY MATTERS / GREEK RHETORIC 1: ARISTOTLE
(Week of January 23)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1:
  • Introductory Matters
Notes:
SEMINAR 2: Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

  • Kennedy, George A.  "Aristotle's Rhetoric."  Classical Criticism.  Ed. George A. Kennedy.  Vol. 1 of Cambridge History of Literary Criticism.  Cambridge: CUP, 1989.  190-194.
  • Rapp, Christof: Aristotle's Rhetoric (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
 

WEEK TWO: GREEK RHETORIC 2: ARISTOTLE CONTINUED / ROMAN RHETORIC: QUINTILIAN ON STYLE
(Week of January 30)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1: Notes:
SEMINAR 2: Quintilian on Style Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

  • Burton, Gideon: Synopsis of Quintilian - Institutio Oratoria (Silva Rhetoricae)
  • Fantham, Elaine.  "Quintilian."  Classical Criticism.  Ed. George A. Kennedy.  Vol. 1 of of Cambridge History of Literary Criticism.  286-291.
  • Harris, Roy, and Talbot J. Taylor.  "Quintilian on Linguistic Education."  Landmarks in Linguistic Thought I: the Western Tradition from Socrates to Saussure.  London: Routledge, 1989.  60-75.

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
 

WEEK THREE:
THE NINETEENTH CENTURY: NIETZSCHE ON METAPHOR /
GREEK RHETORIC REVISITED: ARISTOTLE ON PROOF
(Week of February 6)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1: Notes:
SEMINAR 2: Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
  • This week, we shall do Nietzsche first because there is a natural seque from Quintilian's discussion of tropes and figurative language to Nietzsche's views on the relativism of knowledge and the role played therein by metaphor in particular.  Accordingly, please download and bring the handout Nietzsche, "On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense" to the class on Tuesday February 7.
  • With a view to filling some gaps in our knowledge about proof, please download and bring to class on Thursday February 09 the following handouts: Aristotle, Prior Analytics and Aristotle, Posterior Analytics.  
  • Bring to class on Tuesday February 14 the handout on Aristotle, Topics.

WEEK FOUR: THE NEW RHETORIC 1: THE 'BURKEAN' SCHOOL: DRAMATISM / RICHARD WEAVER
(Week of February 13)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1:

(see selections, pp. 1298-1323 in The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present, ed. Patricia Bizzell and Bruce Herzberg)

Notes:
SEMINAR 2:
  • Richard Weaver, "Language is Sermonic" [1963] (pp. 1351-1361 in The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present, ed. Patricia Bizzell and Bruce Herzberg)
Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
 

WEEK FIVE: THE NEW RHETORIC 2: ARGUMENTATION THEORY
(Week of February 20)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1: Notes:
SEMINAR 2:
  • Stephen Toulmin, The Uses of Argument [1958]: Chapter 3: "The Layout of Arguments"

    (see selections, pp. 1413-1429 in The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present.  Ed. Patricia Bizzell and Bruce Herzberg)

Notes:
  • No notes on Toulmin

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
  • Please note that Perelman's article (1970) listed above, like his The Realm of Rhetoric (1977) is a brief summary of his seminal, but much longer, The New Rhetoric (1958).  They all, as such, cover more or less the same terrain.
  • Because we are behind (in part due to the Prince's visit), we shall leave out the Stephen Toulmin reading listed above and the Walter Fisher reading below.  For this reason, on Tuesday February 28, we shall do the Chaim Perelman reading above and on Thursday March 1 we shall do the Robert Scott, Lloyd Bitzer and Edwin Black readings. 
  • In this way, hopefully, we shall start Module 2 next week as scheduled.

WEEK SIX: THE NEW RHETORIC 3: CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS
(Week of February 27)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1: Notes:
SEMINAR 2: Notes:

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

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FURTHER READINGS:

PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
  • The Further Readings extend the debates discussed in the Primary Readings.  Please read them if you have the time to do so.

 

END OF MODULE
 

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