RHETORIC 102 01, MWF 10:30 – 11:20 AM, PROF. GREENE
RHETORIC 102 04, MWF   9:30 – 10:20 AM, PROF. GREENE
RHETORIC 102 06, MWF 11:30 – 12:20 PM, PROF. GREENE

The Rhetoric of Breaking Bad
In this section of Rhetoric 102, we will use the television series Breaking Bad as our primary source for analysis.  Vince Gilligan’s creation explores a myriad of themes around the American experience: the American Dream, morality, ethics, life, death, love, sacrifice, masculinity, and power, just to name a few. The series deepens these themes through its homage to literature and Romanticism, while at the same time using these influences to become its own piece of art by experimenting with the format of television through the language of film.  As Paul MacInnes, of The Guardian, concludes, “Breaking Bad became a classic drama for many reasons: some to do with craft, some to do with creativity. But above all else it stood out because, however surreal the surroundings, in its conflicted, complicated characters it was true to reality.”  With our exploration of this prestige drama, we will build upon the foundations of Rhetoric 101 and extend those skills into crafting well-articulated and researched academic communications.  Students will write multiple process papers that analyze specific episodes, academic articles, and popular articles, all of which will be edited for style and content to become part of the final research project.  Students will also complete two program administered final exams.  All students are expected to hone their styles and use of rhetorical strategies across all assignments.


RHETORIC 102 05, TR 10:00 – 11:20 AM, PROF. MARQUEZ

Why Argue about Food?
If you are what you eat, then what are you?  And who are we as producers and consumers?  In this course we will explore the fascinating rhetoric around food, from personal taste and our own “powers of enjoyment” (M.F.K Fisher), to food as integral to family and culture (Toni Morrison), to eating as “agricultural act” (Wendell Berry), to consumerist and scientific approaches to food (Eric Schlossler, Michael Pollan and others.)  Assigned essays will grow out of personal interests and rely on rhetorical theories and strategies and researched-based evidence to argue for a food ideology.  Revision of essays and workshops devoted to the rhetorical canon of style are an additional and important part of the course and Rhetoric Program and will be a major focus in the written work.


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 07, MW 12:30 – 1:50 PM, PROF. WHITNEY

The Life and Writings of Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt served as President of the United States from 1901-1909 and remains a central figure in American history.  He is remembered not only for transforming America into a twentieth-century global nation, but also for the strength of his character and personality.  President Roosevelt maintained a diverse selection of interests: he was a bibliophile, a hunter, a conservationist, a naval historian, a lover of literature, a dedicated scholar, and a lifelong naturalist.  He became a champion for the Progressive Movement in the early twentieth century and devoted his life to public service, although there is no question that his imperialist worldview and political legacy comes with certain issues we continue to wrestle with today.  Despite all this, Theodore Roosevelt was a cultural icon.  In this class, we will work to understand the man himself (and what he represents) by studying his speeches, writings, and personal life.  Doing so will enable us to grasp why he remains an important character in the American cultural imagination.  Students will learn about the research process through their study of Roosevelt and will build on the skills they learned in Rhetoric 101 about writing academic arguments.  Assignments will include several short essays, oral presentations, two longer research papers, and the Rhetoric editing/essay exam. Like all students enrolled in Rhetoric 102, students in this section will hone their skills as stylists as they work on these assignments.