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A definition of rhetoric
A modest but pragmatic, easy-to-hang-onto definition of rhetoric from Stoner and Perkins:

The art and science of creating and analyzing "messages that rely on verbal and nonverbal symbols that more or less intentionally influence social attitudes, values, beliefs, and actions." (6)

  • occasion
  • exigence
  • the type of discourse: forensic, deliberative, epideictic
  • forum and genre
  • cultural and historical context
  • presuppositions of shared ways of thinking

  • page layout
  • page flow
  • text flow
  • navigation
  • text
    • paragraphs
    • sentences
    • register


Elements of Electronic Rhetoric

ENGL 3179/5179 Fall 2014
CourseSyllabus | CourseStatement | AboutThisWiki | Morgan's Wiki


Required texts

Tue 26 Aug

We will reduce face to face meetings to one per week starting the week of 1 September. We will meet T 2 Sep, but expect online work on R 4 Sep.

We will meet Tuesdays in September, and the switch to meeting Thursdays from October through December.

Face to face meetings will become voluntary ASAP. Once everyone is comfortable with Stoner and Perkins, with what we're doing, attendance will become voluntary.

for Thu 28 Aug

Thu 28 Aug


I'll add your WikiName to this list when you set up your page.
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for Tue 2 Sep: Three tasks
  • Visit the WikiName pages of others. Read them. See how others handled the exercise. Leave a comment on a few. Say hello.
  • Read Stoner and Perkins, chap 1. I'll be posting my notes on this chapter on Tuesday, along with an exercise.
  • Go to your WikiName page. Create a page for your notes titled NotesOnStonerAndPerkins - followed by your initials. As in NotesOnStonerAndPerkinsMCM. [more to come]

Tue 2 Sep

  • We meet face to face today, but not R.


  • Sign up for twitter, if you aren't signed up already. Send a tweet using #erhet3177.
  • Search twitter for #erhet3177 to find others in the class. Follow them.
  • Follow @mcmorgan/
  • Use #erhet3177 for questions, events of note, announcements, images of what you had for breakfast ...

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