RHETORIC 102 01, MWF 1:30 - 2:20 PM, PROF. GREENE
RHETORIC 102 03, MWF 9:30 - 10:20 AM, PROF. GREENE
RHETORIC 102 04, MWF 10:30 - 11:20 AM, PROF. GREENE
RHETORIC 102 14, MWF 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM, PROF. GREENE
The performance of identity involves multiple communication channels. Through these channels, we participate in the crafting of ourselves for public consumption. A particularly fruitful area of identity performance is masculinity and how it is enacted in our society across the media. Our class will explore the ways in which public figures and the mass media combine to produce and disseminate identities to audiences. Persona theorist P. David Marshall calls celebrity culture "a pedagogical tool and specifically a pedagogical aid in the discourse of the self," which provides us with models for our identities. This is particularly true for how we as a culture perceive maleness and masculinity. Each student will choose a male identity "type" based around his interests and explore it through a series of assignments throughout the semester. We will read texts that focus on what it means to be identified as "a man," as well as watch films and videos that center on this subject. This class builds upon the foundations of Rhetoric 101 and extends them into crafting well-articulated and researched academic communications. Students will write two longer research projects-one explanatory and one argumentative-and other process papers along the way. Along with the final research project, students will create a multimodal text that remediates the argument into an Instagram story, a Twitter thread, or a comparable piece. All students are expected to hone their styles and use of rhetorical strategies throughout every assignment.
RHETORIC 102 02, TR 2:00 - 3:20 PM, PROF. MARQUEZ
RHETORIC 102 13, TR 12:30 - 1:50 PM, PROF. MARQUEZ
Food for Thought: Rhetorics of 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 rhetorics 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), among others. Assigned essays will grow out of personal interests and rely on rhetorical 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.
RHETORIC 102 05, MWF 10:30 - 11:20 AM, PROF. FLORCZYK
RHETORIC 102 06, MWF 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM, PROF. FLORCZYK
RHETORIC 102 16, MWF 1:30 - 2:20 PM, PROF. FLORCZYK
RHETORIC 102 18, MWF 2:30 - 3:20 PM, PROF. FLORCZYK
Hemingway and the Modern Man
One of the most well-known authors of the twentieth century, Ernest Hemingway became famous not only for his talents 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 masculinity and gender roles by studying Hemingway? With attention to style and the crafting of 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 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. 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 09, MWF 1:30 - 2:20 PM, PROF. HORNE
RHETORIC 102 15, MWF 12:30 - 1:20 PM, PROF. HORNE
The thematic focus for this section of Rhetoric 102 will be the genre of sports writing. By reading journalism, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction that fall under the umbrella of sports writing, you will examine the diverse ways that authors record, investigate, and imagine sports. As you study the different styles of the assigned authors' works, you will learn how to clarify your meaning and edit your style for the audience, occasion, and form of your work. You will learn about an ongoing, global sports discourse, and some of your essays will necessitate research about sports history, cultural traditions, old and new forms of media, the marketplace, etc. In addition to other assignments, you will write two research papers, and you will be introduced to the emerging, scholarly field of Sports Studies. Furthermore, this course will include some experiential, community-based assignments and activities, as our campus has rich resources for sports subjects and topics.
RHETORIC 102 10, TR 8:30 - 9:20 AM, PROF. BUCKLEY
RHETORIC 102 11, TR 10:00 - 11:20 AM, PROF. BUCKLEY
RHETORIC 102 12, TR 12:30 - 1:50 PM, PROF. BUCKLEY
In Rhetoric 102, we will build on the grammatical foundation established in Rhetoric 101 and continue developing a sense of our own style as writers. We will work on documenting our sources clearly and effectively while communicating persuasively. We will consider especially the uses of evidence in argumentation, as we will read and consider arguments that make use of various kinds of evidence, some of it unreliable. We will consider the evidence that we ourselves use with great care. How do we find our sources? How do we use our sources responsibly, and how do we argue with those who are unswayed by well-sourced evidence against their claims? Are there times when it is okay to mislead a reader or interlocutor? We will spend time considering these questions and more, all while managing information with a developing sense of rhetorical style.
RHETORIC 102 17, TR 2:00 - 3:20 PM, PROF. WHITNEY
Writing about the Arts
The purpose of Rhetoric 102 is to establish how the skills gained in Rhetoric 101 apply to issues of style and analysis. For this course, we will consider the concept of 'style' from a creative perspective; namely, the arts. Artistic expression - whether through film, literary works, video games, music, or graphic novels - is all about style, and the use of rhetorical techniques to convey meaning. We will "sample" the genres of art listed above to create a critical vocabulary in service of the analytical writing for our class. My hope is that you will bring your artistic interests into the classroom as well. While not meant to be exhaustive, these genres will create a framework for discussion. Assignments will entail several medium-sized papers, two research projects and two oral presentations.
RHETORIC 285.01, M/W 2:30-3:50, Prof. Trent M. Kays
Special Topics In Rhetoric/Introduction To Professional Writing
This course emphasizes the conventions and practices critical to professional writing and communication, including producing documents for print and digital contexts; reviewing practical professional genres; considering ethical information design; professional editing of various documents; communicating on the Internet; and curating a professional ethos and identity. Students will apply their liberal arts-based learning and knowledge to professional contexts and practices.
RHETORIC 285.02, T/Th 10:00-11:20, Dr. Loren Loving Marquez
Rhetoric Center Theory and Practice
In anticipation of the opening of the Center for Rhetoric and Communication, this course will focus on training and professional development for current and aspiring rhetoric consultants in the areas of writing, speaking, and digital rhetoric for the new Rhetoric Studio. This course will also offer a theoretical overview of the work that Writing Centers, Speaking Centers, and Digital Rhetoric Centers perform as a field, topic, place, and space through a variety of research and reflective assignments that include the following: observing and reflecting on multiple sessions and consulting, creating a best-practices rubric for consulting, developing a tutoring philosophy, and proposing a conference session or panel based on research or interests in writing, oral, and/or digital Rhetoric. At the end of the course, all students will be invited to apply to present their research at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring (NCPTW), a division of the International Writing Center Association (IWCA). This course is required for students preparing to work as Rhetoric Studio Peer Consultants in the Rhetoric Studio of the Center for Rhetoric and Communication. This course is particularly suited to aspiring educators or professional writers, or anyone who wishes to become an Undergraduate Rhetoric Consultant.