Communication and Culture | Topics in Rhetoric and Public Culture (Topic: Reading the Text)
C611 | 14258 | Simons, J.
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM, 800 E. 3rd St. – room 272
Open to Graduates Only!
Meets with CULS-C 701
Instructor: Jon Simons
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 239
Many of the disciplines in the humanities, including rhetorical
analysis and criticism, rely on honed skills of close readings of a
variety of texts. This seminar aims to develop students’ skills of
close reading by focusing on two books which are frequently returned
to in the humanities and about which a good deal of secondary
commentary has been written, some of which will also be studied. The
two texts are Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality and Michel
Foucault’s Discipline and Punish. The texts will be read with
attention to style and poetics as well as the logic of argument,
form as well as content. The text will also be considered in its
context, understood as a rhetorical intervention in an intellectual
dialogue. In assessments, students will practice explication,
historical contextualization, stylistic analysis and critical
Assignments and Grading
1) Seminar leadership and participation. 10%.
2) Literature review essays: 2,000 words each. 20% each.
3) Seminar paper: approx. 6-7,000 words, an essay on a significant
interpretative issue regarding either or both texts. 50%