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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 2015
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Course starts 25 Aug 12:30. Hs 109. Meets face to face weekly on Tuesdays. Assignments and exercises are required to be posted online at scheduled times.

Tue 25 Aug: Start Up

We'll spend the couple weeks of the course getting set up, developing a method for taking notes, and establishing a pace for exercises.

Thu 27 Aug

Fri 28 Aug

10:18 AM
Nearly everyone is registered on the wiki and set up, so I want to give everyone a chance to settle in with an exercise in seeing rhetoric.
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I included a rider in the CourseStatement. Only two readers actually saw it and. That means that you're not reading closely.

Tue 1 Sep


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