Communication and Culture | Rhetorical Criticism
C305 | 1153 | George LaMaster


This course approaches rhetorical criticism as an avenue for
engaged social criticism.  Students will turn the tools of rhetorical
criticism to the task of arguing for positions on pressing public
issues.  The course surveys the development of standards for
evaluating and methods of analyzing rhetorical texts.  Significant
historical and contemporary texts are studied to exemplify critical
principles.  The course is also a practice-centered intensive writing
workshop.  A significant portion of the course will be devoted to the
craft of writing as it concerns the invention and arrangement of
arguments, the styling of sentences, and the figurative dimensions of
language.