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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

Elements of Electronic Rhetoric

ENGL 3179-5179 Fall 2016
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For Tue 29 Nov

We have only two meetings left, so we're turning to some more sophisticated consideration of ethos and pathos. On Tuesday, I'll present on ethos. You'll be working in pairs with the concept of ethos in class on Tuesday, based on the questions on pp 248-9, and 249-50. You'll need to be prepared.

Michelle Thoft will present on Dec 6th.

Read, Longaker, chap 8: Habit (Ethos Revisited), pp 232 - 250. Read and make notes. It is not a skimmable chapter, so give yourself time to read and ponder it.


For Tue 6 Dec


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