RICHARD L. W. CLARKE


 

 

 

LITS3301 ISSUES IN CRITICISM

MODULE ONE: RHETORICAL THEORY
 

WEEK ONE: INTRODUCTION / THE NEW RHETORIC / BURKEAN DRAMATISM
(Week of January 21)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1:
  • Introductory Matters
  • Stanley Fish, "Rhetoric" (pp. 471-502 in Doing What Comes Naturally: Change, Rhetoric and the Practice of Theory in Literary and Legal Studies; pp. 1605-1620 in Bizzell and Herzberg)
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SEMINAR 2: Notes:

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COMMENTS:
 
  • This course assumes as a starting point a basic familiarity with rhetoric and, in particular, the Classical foundations of rhetoric discussed in LITS2306 History of Criticism, especially the fragments by the Sophists, Plato's dismissal of rhetoric in his dialogues Gorgias and/or Phaedrus and, last but not least, Aristotle's Rhetoric.

WEEK TWO: PERSUASION: RHETORIC AS EPISTEMIC
(Week of January 28)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1:
  • Friedrich von Nietzsche, "On Truth and Lies in a Non-Moral Sense" [1873] (pp. 874-884 in Leitch; pp. 634-639 in Adams; pp. 1171-1180 in Bizzell and Herzberg)
  • Richard Weaver, "Language is Sermonic" [1963] (pp. 201-225 in Language is Sermonic: Richard M. Weaver on the Nature of Rhetoric; pp. 1351-1360 in in Bizzell and Herzberg)
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SEMINAR 2:
  • Robert L. Scott, On Viewing Rhetoric as Epistemic [1967] (pp. 131-139 in Contemporary Rhetorical Theory: a Reader, ed. John Lucaites, Celeste Michelle Condit, and Sally Caudill)
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WEEK THREE: INVENTION: LOGOS, ANALYTIC, DIALECTIC, ARGUMENTATION I
(Week of February 4)
 

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SEMINAR 1: Notes:
SEMINAR 2: Notes:

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PHILWEB RESOURCES:

COMMENTS:
 
  • This and next week, familiarity with Aristotle's discussion of logic and argumentation in Prior Analytics, Posterior Analytics and Topics is assumed.

WEEK FOUR: INVENTION: LOGOS, ANALYTIC, DIALECTIC, ARGUMENTATION II
(Week of February 11)
 

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SEMINAR 1: Notes:
SEMINAR 2: Notes:

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WEEK FIVE: STYLE: DICTION, TROPES, NARRATION
(Week of February 18)
 

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SEMINAR 1: Notes:
SEMINAR 2:
  • Kenneth Burke, "Terministic Screens" [1965] (pp. 44-62 in Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature and Method; pp. 1340-1347 in Bizzell and Herzberg)
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RECOMMENDED READINGS:

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COMMENTS:
 
  • This week, familiarity with Quintilian's discussion of figures of speech and tropes in Institutio Oratoria is assumed.

WEEK SIX: DELIVERY: THE RHETORICAL SITUATION / THE FIRST AND SECOND PERSONAE
(Week of February 25)
 

REQUIRED READINGS:

 

 

SEMINAR 1:
  • Kenneth Burke, "Definition of Man" [1963-64] (pp. 3-24 in Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature and Method)
  • Lloyd F. Bitzer, The Rhetorical SituationPhilosophy and Rhetoric 1 (1968): 1-14.
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SEMINAR 2:
  • Edwin Black, "The Second Persona" [1970] (pp. 331-340 in Contemporary Rhetorical Theory: a Reader, ed. John Lucaites, Celeste Michelle Condit, and Sally Caudill)
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You should be working on your Term Paper from this point onwards.

END OF MODULE ONE
 

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