RHETORIC 102 SECTIONS

All Rhetoric 102 sections are designed primarily to teach students to use language clearly and effectively in order to analyze texts, to argue logically, and to use research methods and materials, and all sections require that students write a minimum of 7500 words in essays, including two research papers. However, professors use a variety of readings and thematic focuses to accomplish these goals. We offer below course descriptions of the various sections of Rhetoric 102 available this semester to give students extra information as they choose a section in which to enroll. Students are not in any way obliged to remain with their Rhetoric 101 professor; instead they should select a section of Rhetoric 102 that piques their interest. All sections of Rhetoric 102 are limited to a fourteen-student maximum enrollment.


RHETORIC 102 01, TR 8:30 - 9:50 AM, PROF. GUIBAL
RHETORIC 102 02, TR 10:00 - 11:20 AM, PROF. GUIBAL  

Topics in American TV: The Office
Through the example of the mock documentary and popular TV show The Office, this course will explore a variety of themes and problematics inherent to a contemporary American workplace. These include humor, race, gender roles, sexuality, hierarchy, harassment, power relations, and fiction vs. reality. Class discussions will revolve around a selection of episodes and secondary sources. Students will also engage in a larger discussion about television history and the cultural factors giving rise to the kinds of shows like The Office. Students will write researched essays dealing with some of the issues aforementioned, acquire stronger grammatical skills, and develop their rhetorical style.


RHETORIC 102 03, MWF 9:30 - 10:20 AM, PROF. NACE
RHETORIC 102 06, MWF 11:30 - 11:20 AM, PROF. NACE
RHETORIC 102 10, 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 04, MWF 9:30 - 10:20 AM, PROF. GRUNER
RHETORIC 102 05, MWF 10:30 - 11:20 AM, PROF. GRUNER
RHETORIC 102 15, MWF 12:30 - 1:20 PM, PROF. GRUNER
RHETORIC 102 16, MWF 1:30 - 2:20 PM, PROF. GRUNER  

This course will examine both the challenges to and the achievements of American soldiers who have tried to make sense of their wartime service.  We will explore a broad discursive community-one that embraces various modes of expression, such as military history, leadership doctrine, literature, and film-in hopes of identifying rhetorical patterns, influence, and cross-fertilization.  Most important, students should expect to write researched essays whose focus may range from the aftereffects of combat and the sometimes bizarre business of coming home to efforts to professionalize our armed forces and develop a fundamental philosophy of mission command.  Ultimately, attention to effective college writing, including matters of style, will take priority over any particular theme we engage.    


RHETORIC 102 07, TR 10:00 - 11:20 AM, PROF. ROBBINS
RHETORIC 102 08, TR 12:30 - 1:50 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.  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 it.     


RHETORIC 102 09, MWF 1:30 - 2:20 PM, PROF. HORNE   

The Hollywood Western
This section of Rhetoric 102 will focus thematically on the film genre of the Western in American studio cinema. By starting with black-and-white Western films from the early twentieth century and ending with contemporary versions of Westerns, we will discuss the conventions of this film genre and how those conventions are challenged or revised over time. We will also investigate the relationship of the Western to national identity and mythmaking, analyzing how this type of movie influences ideas about violence, gender, race, the environment, and citizenship.  

Much like a film must meet certain expectations to be considered a Western, a paper must meet certain expectations to be considered an academic, research essay. In addition to completing other assignments, you will write two, research essays that craft analytical arguments about some element of a Western film, and you will develop your arguments in conversation with other, scholarly opinions. Classical Hollywood cinema developed editing strategies for making films as coherent and clear as possible while still allowing for unique storytelling, and you will develop stylistic strategies for writing efficiently and lucidly while still cultivating your individual voice.  

*Please note that this class will require you to learn some basic terminology of film analysis, and you will be asked to view films outside of class.  


RHETORIC 102 11, MW 12:30 - 1:50 PM, PROF. TOTH  

If words are weapons, the study of rhetoric teaches us how to wield our weapons responsibly and effectively. In this section of Rhetoric 102 we will focus on argument composition, research, and the qualities of good writing. Students will learn to incorporate complex reasoning and external sources in their papers. We will also spend time analyzing the language use and rhetorical moves of other writers, always with the goal of improving our own writing. The goal of the course is for students to produce argumentative essays that demonstrate clear thinking, logical organizational skills, sufficient support, and proficient language use.     


RHETORIC 102 12, MWF 12:30 - 1:20 PM, PROF. FLORCZYK
RHETORIC 102 17, MWF 1:30 - 2:20 PM, PROF. FLORCZYK   

Hemingway and the Modern Man  
One of the most well-known authors of the 20th-century, Ernest Hemingway became famous not only for his talents as a writer of novels, short stories, and journalism but also for such personal exploits as involvement in wars, African hunting safaris, and big game fishing. In short, Hemingway was a celebrity. As such, both his life and writing came to epitomize what it means to be a man for many in the modern world. Even though Hemingway has sometimes been identified with a crude hyper-masculinity that has at turns been both idealized and criticized, Hemingway's fictional portrayals of male and female protagonists often suggest a more complex understanding of gender. What can we learn about masculinity and gender roles by studying the life and work of Hemingway? Along with some biography, students will read novels, short stories, and nonfiction by the author as well as short works by other writers who he influenced. With attention to style and the crafting of effective sentences, students will produce a series of research-based argumentative essays exploring themes on gender by studying one of the greatest writers identified with the subject of masculinity in modern times.    


RHETORIC 102 13, MWF 9:30 - 10:20 AM, PROF. FLORCZYK
RHETORIC 102 14, MWF 10:30 - 11:20 AM, PROF. FLORCZYK   

Writing About War   
One hundred years ago, World War I came to a close after four years of brutal fighting that had a catastrophic impact on humanity. Not long after this so-called war to end all wars, many were already expressing concerns for a second world war. When World War II did occur, it was even more devastating than the first. Through it all, writers have powerfully communicated not only the great cost of war on the battlefield but also the profoundly damaging effects in the aftermath. What can we learn from writers who attempted to characterize the experience of war and its consequences? Coinciding with the last year of the centennial commemorating the First World War, this course will address the subject of war from a variety of perspectives, including fictional and nonfictional, especially in terms of United States involvement. With attention to style and the crafting of effective sentences, students will produce a series of argumentative research-based essays exploring themes on the causes, effects, and fascinations of war.