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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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Earlier announcements on the CourseSyllabus page

update 31 Oct 2015

Here are the stories so far. GIFs seem to be The Big Thing you're collecting, so we'll need to do some work with Repetition and how it fashions an argument. It's valuable that you're collecting stuff first and then turning towards annotating each to develop a larger sense of how style is used. Don't limit yourselves to just GIFs. Lots of tweets out there! Not everything has to move.

You can leave notes on stories, by the way. Mouse over an element and a speech-bubble button will appear.

As you become comfortable with Storify, start turing your attention to naming the figures you're seeing in the artifacts and considering how they work to make an argument.

Update 27 Oct 2015

Get started on the StyleInMicroMessages project. Watch for additions to this page on Wednesday and Friday.

Deadline - Fri 30 Oct Set up a Storify account. Have a page created and 20 artifacts selected. Add a link to your Storify page to your wiki name page so we can all get to your work. Start making notes and fashioning the micro-analyses of your selection. On Friday, I will look in and may leave you side notes so you can work on the micro-analyses further for Tuesday.

Storify will automatically save your work periodically, but you will need to click Publish to make updates visible to the rest of us.

Deadline - class time, 3 Nov First pass at stylistics micro-analyses ready to look at and discuss. Bring problems and questions and breakthroughs to class on Tuesday.

an example in Storify

I'm developing an example Story to explore how to approach this project. Have a look at Style in Micro-Messages. Some of this is still in notes but will develop further over the next week.


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