Spring 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Gooch, John
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6386 Section 001
M Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Rhetorical Criticism

Description of Course:

Rhetorical criticism refers to a process for analyzing words, phrases, passages, and arguments of text to determine how effectively those texts persuade, inform, arouse, and/or entertain. This course will explore the various purposes of rhetorical criticism and survey different approaches for analyzing text (e.g., neo-classical, close textual, dramatistic, genre, and ideographic criticism). We will also examine how different scholars have applied these approaches. For the final project, students will choose a text and apply one particular method of rhetorical criticism to it.

Required Texts:

_Readings in Rhetorical Criticism_, fourth edition, Carl R. Burgchardt, editor (Strata Publishing, 2010)
Other texts and readings - TBD

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

two short papers, one longer project
other requirements TBD

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