Communication and Culture | Rhetorical Theories of Cultural Production
C512 | 26571 | Ivie, R.
M, 3:00 PM-5:30 PM, Location: TBA
Meets with AMST-G 620 and CULS-C 601
Open to Graduates Only!
Instructor: Robert Ivie
Office: Mottier Hall 203
This course examines theories of rhetoric as a primary source of
cultural production. It features Giambattista Vico on eloquence,
tropes, and the poetic wisdom of culture, Friedrich Nietzsche on
rhetoric, metaphor, and the will to power, Kenneth Burke on
rhetoric, identification, and the drama of human relations, Chaim
Perelman on the realm of rhetoric and the problem of justice, and
Michel de Certeau on strategies, tactics, and the quotidian politics
of language and culture.
The syllabus used for the course the last time it was taught is
available at http://www.indiana.edu/~ivieweb/cultprod.htm. This
syllabus is subject to revision, but it will give you a basic idea
of the kinds of readings and assignments to expect.
The class is important to understanding the constitutive force of
rhetoric in political culture. Each of the five featured theorists
grounded their theories of cultural production in a systematic study
and application of rhetoric, especially in rhetoric’s tropological
sources of interpretive force – including perspective, practical
argument, and symbolically articulated motives or discursive