Rhetoric 102

RHETORIC 102 01, MWF 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM, PROF. FLORCZYK
Hemingway and the Modern Man
One of the most well-known authors of the twentieth century, Ernest Hemingway became famous not only as a writer but also for exploits such as involvement in wars, African safaris, and big game fishing. In short, Hemingway was a celebrity. For many, his life and literature came to epitomize what it means to be a man in the modern world. Even though Hemingway has sometimes been identified with a crude hyper-masculinity that has been both idealized and criticized, Hemingway's writing suggests more complex themes on gender. What can we learn about gender by studying Hemingway? With attention to style and effective sentences, students will improve their writing by producing research-based argumentative essays on one of the greatest writers identified with masculinity in modern times.

RHETORIC 102 02, TR 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM, PROF. ROBBINS
RHETORIC 102 03, TR 2:00 PM – 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 strategies for clarity and effectiveness.
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 five 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.