Communication and Culture | Rhetorical Theories of Cultural Production
C512 | 1186 | Robert Ivie


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, and Chaim Perelman
on the realm of rhetoric and the problem of justice.

An example of the syllabus used for the course last time it was taught
(under the old number of C611) is available at http://www.indiana.edu
/~ivieweb/cultprod.htm  This syllabus is subject to revision, but it
will give you an 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 four 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
formations.