Instructor: Philip Keith/ Off: R-207/ Telephone: 255-3189/ e-mail: pmkeith@stcloudstate.edu

Meeting Time: 11-11:50, MWF, R-206

Required Texts:

Crowley & Hawhee, Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students , 2 nd ed., (Allyn & Bacon)

Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Coriolanus

Supplementary technologies : Word-processing, WebCT, Writing Journal (paper or computer-disk/folder

Catalog Description: A rhetorical approach to writing and to the evaluation of various forms of written discourse. Prereq.: 191. 3 Cr. F, S.

Course Objectives:

1) To develop a knowledge and operational awareness of traditional concepts of rhetorical practice and pedagogy.

2) To develop experience in rhetorical analysis and criticism.

3) To practice incorporating principles of traditional rhetorical practice into your own writing performance.

4) To enhance your writing skills and experience beyond the limits of academic and/or creative writing to include writing, revising, and consulting on writing projects addressing real-world concerns and problems.

Major Paper Projects:

1) Letter to the Editor

2) Advertising Analysis

3) Modest Proposal

4) Personal Essay for Application

5) Revision of speech from The Tragedy of Coriolanus

Reading Requirements: Class participants will be responsible for readings in the Crowley & Hawhee text. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the concepts and contemporary analogues and applications of the theory of classical rhetoric. This is a theory with useful applications to writing in the real world of public affairs, professional writing, and the understanding of literature, as well as providing a historical foundation for understanding the nature and development of written discourse. At the end of the semester, the class will read Shakespeare's Tragedy of Coriolanus as a study of rhetorical problematics in the Renaissance.

Class/Laboratory Activities : Working with the basic concepts of classical rhetoric, specifically the Aristotelian model, students will be working on a number of analysis, writing, and revision projects: letters to the editor, articles on public issues, Advertising, representative rhetorical "classics" such as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, The Declaration of Independence, Shakespeare's Roman plays. These discussion/activities will involve in-class group projects and online WebCT projects.

Attendance : Since this class is a "laboratory class" with an emphasis on applications of rhetorical concepts in writing activities, attendance is of critical importance. More than 6 unexcused/unaccomodated absences will constitute grounds for failure/withdrawal.

Grading: Paper projects: 60%

Class/Laboratory Activities: 10%

Final Exam 30%

Attitude/participation: 5%

 

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