Communication and Culture | Rhetorical Criticism
C305 | 2984 | Cynthia Duquette Smith

TuTh 1:00P-2:15P, TE F256

(Fulfills COAS S&H Distribution Requirement;
Fulfills COAS Intensive Writing Requirement.
A portion of this course is reserved for majors.)

Professor: Cynthia Duquette Smith
Office: Mottier 212
Office Hours: TuTh 11:00A-12:00P, F 10:00A-12:00P
Phone: 5-5307

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.