RHETORIC 102 01, TR 10:00 - 11:20 AM, PROF. ROBBINS
RHETORIC 102 02, TR 12:30 - 1:50 PM, PROF. ROBBINS
RHETORIC 102 03, TR 2:00 - 3:20 PM, PROF. ROBBINS 
This course, like all Rhetoric courses, is based on a faculty resolution that states, "All Hampden-Sydney graduates will write competently."  This statement implies that students will know how to research topics and present their ideas and evidence persuasively and clearly.  Students will hone their own writing style through exercises designed to increase their awareness of rhetorical grammar. Because fiction can offer insights into our society, we will use a collection of short fiction from contemporary writers to find topics for research.  There are six short research papers required on a variety of topics, and a longer one at the end of the semester.  All the papers show that the student constructed clear arguments and gathered evidence to support them.    


RHETORIC 102 04, MWF 9:30 - 10:20 AM, PROF. NACE
RHETORIC 102 08, MWF 8:30 - 9:20 AM, PROF. NACE  
Sampling  
The purpose of Rhetoric 102 is to move our attention from the grammatical structures emphasized in 101 to the issue of how to manage information stylistically within these structures. The questions and issues behind our citational and stylistic practices are not unlike those that dominate current trends of sampling or "appropriation" in music, visual art, and literature. One needs only consider our time spent dragging, clicking, copying, and pasting in order to recognize that we have, all of us, become constant remixers of information in our daily lives. This course will help us refine our techniques of locating, sourcing, managing, incorporating, and citing information while considering the larger culture of sampling in which we participate. As creatures of the post-sampling era, we are familiar with the ways that sources from the past are coopted, cut and collaged, mashed, mixed, and modernized, abstracted, assembled, and archived. So as we learn to properly quote and cite movable text for our own purposes, we will spend class time considering the aim and art of sampling in popular culture. In our essays and readings we will examine scandals of sampling (including famous cases of plagiarism and copyright violation), consider the individuality reflected in the ways we each navigate information, and perhaps come to terms with the idea that such individuality can be understood as a form of style and even intellectual property.    


RHETORIC 102 07, MWF 1:30 - 2:20 PM, PROF. ROCKELMANN 
STEPHEN KING'S SHORT STORIES  
Stephen King is perhaps the most recognizable name in popular fiction today; he has sold more books than any other living writer; his books have been made into numerous films, and the only time one of his novels went out of print is when he insisted that Rage be taken out of circulation (we'll discuss why). King is an excellent speaker who is in high demand; he has numerous honorary degrees and he maintains a high-traffic website. In many ways, he represents turn-of-the-century popular culture. This course examines a number of King's short stories in an attempt to answer the following questions and others: What is the appeal of the horror genre and of popular fiction in general? Is there a relationship between popular fiction and sociocultural anxieties? Can studying fiction help us to understand something about ourselves, as individuals and/or as a society?  This course employs Stephen King's short stories as a vehicle to teach students how to read and write critically and analytically. Students will be expected to complete two substantial research projects plus other shorter writing assignments; they will also be expected to work on their own writing style through exercises designed to increase students' awareness of rhetorical grammar.