Rhetoric Concentrations

History and Theory of Rhetoric

Focuses on understanding the development of Rhetorical theory and practice from its genesis in the classical period to its situation in the present. Students will consider how the discipline of Rhetoric has both shaped and itself been shaped by social, political, technological and intellectuals developments over the course of two millenia. Individual courses will enable close study of Rhetoric’s influence and adaptation, both in theory and practice, in specific contexts throughout its history.
104   Rhetorical Theory and Practice in Historical Eras

105T Rhetoric of Religious Discourse

106   Rhetoric of Historical Discourse

107   Rhetoric of Scientific Discourse

108   Rhetoric of Philosophical Discourse

109   Aesthetics and Rhetoric

110   Advanced Argumentative Writing

111   Reception of Antiquity

112   Rhetoric of Narrative Genres in Non-literate Societies

113   Rhetoric of Ethics

114   Rhetoric of New Media

115   Technology and Culture

116   Rhetoric, Culture and Society

117   Language, Truth and Dialogue

118   Theory and Practice of Reading and Interpretation

119   Rhetorical Places

Focuses on understanding Rhetoric in its symbolic and institutional dimensions, with special emphasis on legal and political forums. Students consider the discourse of law, politics, and society both in theory and in practice, in an attempt to understand the rhetorical nature of public judgment, action, justice, and legitimacy. Individual courses will enable close study of specific problems, concerns, vocabularies, modes of interpretation and strategies of argumentation arising in public forums of the past and present.
150       Rhetoric of Contemporary Politics

151       Rhetoric of Contact and Conquest

152       Rhetoric of Constitutional Discourse

152AC  Race and Order in the New Republic

153       American Political Rhetoric

155       Discourses on Colonialism and Postcoloniality

156       Rhetoric of the Political Novel

157A     Rhetoric of Modern Political Theory

157B     Rhetoric of Contemporary Political Theory

158        Advanced Problems in the Rhetoric of Political Theory

159A     Great Theorists in Political and Legal Theory

159B     Great Themes in Contemporary Political and Legal Theory

160        Introduction to the Rhetoric of Legal Discourse

162AC  Rhetoric of American Culture

163       Rhetoric of Law and Literature

164       Rhetoric of Legal Theory

165       Rhetoric of Legal Philosophy

166       Practices of Rhetoric, Law and Politics

167       Advanced Themes in Legal Theory, Philosophy, Argumentation

168       Advanced Themes in Contemporary Law and Legal Discourse

169       Discourse of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

170       Rhetoric of Social Science

171       The Problem of Mass Culture and the Rhetoric of Social Theory

172       Rhetoric of Social Theory

176       Rhetoric of Material Culture

182       Rhetorics of Sexual Exchange and Sexual Difference

Focuses upon understanding the function of rhetoric in literary, cinematic and visual texts, with emphasis on the role of figure and image in the representation of reality. Students consider the production and reception of narrative ‘literature’–oral epic, folktale, lyric poem, novel, etc.–and film, in an attempt to understand the boundaries of the aesthetic text as a rhetorical analysis of particular literary and visual genres arising in a variety of cultures and historical epochs.
121      Rhetoric of Fiction
122      Rhetoric of Drama
123      Rhetoric of Performance
124      Rhetoric of Poetry 
127      Novel, Society and Politics
128T    Politics of Interviews
129      Rhetoric of Autobiography 
129AC Autobiography and American Individualism
130      Novel into Film
131T   Genre in Film and Literature
132T   Auteur in Film
133T   Theories of Film
134     National Cinema 
135T   Special Topics in Film 
136     Art and Authorship
137     Rhetoric of the Image
138     Television Criticism
139     Rhetoric of Visual Witnessing
145     Science, Narrative, and Image