Spring 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions
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.
_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