modern_rhetorical_theory

course_schedule



spring 2007
ryan moeller, ph.d.

t & th 3:00-4:15

rwst 214


office

rwst 312b
797-8637

9 Jan.

Course introduction and syllabus.

11 Jan.

Read Brummet 1-15.
For class: exercise 1.1.
For discussion: exercise 1.2. Fill out group presentation schedule.

16 Jan.

Read Brummet 15-39.
For class: choose from "looking ahead" question 1, 2, or 3.
For discussion: post exercise to syllabase and respond to one other (200-300 words). Class canceled for job search candidate, but UTF in computer classroom (rbw 101-102).

18 Jan.

Read Brummet 41-61.
For class: exercise 2.3.
For discussion: post exercise to syllabase and respond to one other (200-300 words). Class canceled for job search candidate, but UTF in computer classroom (rbw 101-102).

23 Jan.

Read Brummet 63-89.
For class: perform a neo-aristotelian analysis of a possible artifact you might use this semester.
For discussion: rhetoric and the rhetorical tradition.

25 Jan.

Read Brummet 90-105.
For class: exercise 3.3.
For discussion: texts and textuality.

30 Jan.

Read Brummet 106-117.
For class: exercise 3.7.
For discussion: finding a text.

1 Feb.

Read Brummet 117-136.
For class: exercise 3.8.
For discussion: rhetorical appeals, tactics, and strategies.

6 Feb.

For class: exercise 3.6 (collage art for an artifact of your choice).
For discussion: midterm exam.

8 Feb.

Midterm Exam.

13 Feb.

Read Foss "Doing Rhetorical Criticism" (handout) and Brummet 148-160.
For discussion: doing marxist rhetorical criticism.

15 Feb.

Class canceled for SW/Texas PCA/ACA conference.

20 Feb.

Post marxist criticism to syllabase by midnight before class.
For discussion: marxist criticism and responding to peers' work.

22 Feb.

Read Brummet 161-163 and Journal article on considering reality TV in light of visual culture and/or Journal article on a visually centered critique of the film American Beauty. Post critique of marxist criticism by midnight before class.
For discussion: doing visual rhetorical criticism.

27 Feb.

Group I post analyses by midnight before class.
For discussion: visual rhetorical criticism and responses.

1 Mar.

Read Brummet 165-168 and Journal article on using psychoanalytic criticism to analyze racism. Groups II & III post critiques by midnight before class.
For discussion: doing psychoanalytic criticism.

6 Mar.

Group II post analyses by midnight before class.
For discussion: psychoanalytic criticism and responses.

8 Mar.

Read Brummet 171-177 and Journal article on gender and race or culture intersecting in popular culture (2). Groups I & III post critiques by midnight before class.
For discussion: doing feminist criticism.

12-16 Mar.

SPRING BREAK; no classes.

20 Mar.

Group III post analyses by midnight before class.
For discussion: feminist criticism and responses.

22 Mar.

Groups I & II post critiques by midnight before class.
For discussion: class canceled for ATTW and CCCC conferences.

27 Mar.

Read Brummet 179-187 and Journal article on dramatistic/narrative perspectives as ways of looking at texts.
For discussion: doing dramatistic/narrative criticism.

29 Mar.

Group I post analyses by midnight before class.
For discussion: dramatistic/narrative criticism and responses.

3 Apr.

Read Brummet 189-200 and Journal article on the corporate and organizational dimensions of new media. . Groups II & III post critiques by midnight before class.
For discussion: doing media-centered criticism.

5 Apr.

Group II post analyses by midnight before class.
For discussion: dramatistic/narrative criticism and responses.

10 Apr.

Read Brummet 201-215 and White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh. Groups I & III post critiques by midnight before class.
For discussion: doing culture-centered criticism.

12 Apr.

Group III post analyses by midnight before class.
For discussion: culture-centered analyses and responses.

17 Apr.

Read Brummet 257-271. Groups I & II post critiques by midnight before class.
For discussion: applying multiple modes of rhetorical analysis.

19 Apr.

Research methods and citation practices, grading criteria.

24 Apr.

Post drafts of your essays by midnight before class.
For discussion: rhetorical analysis essay and responses.

26 Apr.

Post responses to rhetorical analysis essays by midnight before class.
For discussion: workshop rhetorical analyses.

3 May

Final essays due by 1:30pm.