This 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.
Minimum requirements for successful completion of the course are as follows: 1.Completion of reading assignments; 2. Active participation in class discussion forums; 3. Completion of two short essay assignments; 4.Production of a final integrated research paper.
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