ENG659 Rhetoric, Aesthetics & Logic
Lead Faculty: Dr. Franz J Potter
Course DescriptionThis course is an examination of rhetoric, poetics, and aesthetics as the bases of the principal theoretical foundations of the field whose focus is the study of writing.
- Delineate the contributions of rhetoric, poetics, and aesthetics as sources of contemporary composition theory and practice.
- Define with precision and clarity the nature and purpose of rhetoric, poetics, and aesthetics in the field of Rhetoric and Composition Studies.
- Explain how the field of Composition Studies fits into the broader field of English Studies.
- Evaluate the relevance of theoretical traditions in rhetoric, poetics, and aesthetics to the general field of Rhetoric and Composition studies.
- Demonstrate familiarity with inductive and deductive methods of argumentation, especially in the form of enthymemes, and the central role they play in rhetorical methods of persuasion.
- Demonstrate in writing an understanding of the foundational place of rhetoric, poetics, and aesthetics as distinct strands in discursive study.
- Identify and assess points of dynamical interrelations and intersections among the theoretical complexes of rhetoric, poetics, and aesthetics.