English 6323

History of Rhetoric

Course Pages and Resources

Instructor: Danika Brown

Email – danika@utpa.edu

Class meets: Tuesdays 7:10-9:55pm

Phone – 381-3447 (office); 381-3421 (department/message)

Office: CAS 263

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4pm. And by appointment

Catalog Description:
Focus on the historical development of rhetoric, composition pedagogy, or literacy studies.

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide you with the opportunity for an in-depth examination of the history of rhetorical theory. The overriding questions for this course are: What shaped classical rhetorical theories? And What lasting impact has the classical rhetorical tradition had on the field?

In order to respond to these questions, we will spend time defining rhetoric and identifying the major figures from the classical tradition. We will actively ask the question of why historical understanding is necessary in our field, and we will identify how rhetoric as a field is related to other disciplines (specifically, we will distinguish it from the discipline more commonly evoked of composition studies).


Program Intended Student Learning Outcomes

Understanding and contribute to the ongoing conversation about issues, current theories, and discursive formations within the field of literature though research, writing, teaching, and professional development.

Produce critical interpretations and analysis of literary texts with attention to language and literacy.

Be familiar with literary canon, genres, and history of literature, as well as with interdisciplinary approaches to study of literature.

Be able to use discipline-appropriate technology applications (such as library databases, computer applications, Internet research, non-print media, multi-media applications, desktop publishing, etc.) in preparation and presentation of course projects.

Professor’s Course Objectives

To engage students in analyzing genres of discourse and historical approaches to rhetorical theory commonly used in literary as well as rhetorical studies (SLO 3)

To research and discuss major theories and examples of classical rhetorical theory (SLO 1)

To produce an extensive critical interpretation of discourse according to an identified theoretical approach (SLO 1, 2, 3)







August 28, 2007

email instructor