Rhetoric 102

RHETORIC 102 10, TR 8:30 AM – 10:15 AM, PROF. BUCKLEY
RHETORIC 102 11, TR 10:30 AM – 12:15 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 communicating persuasively in researched essays. In our essays, we will consider writing (along with other media) that is concerned with the natural world. We will look at the work of journalists, essayists, nature documentarians, and climate activists. What kinds of arguments do they make, and how should we respond to them? How do different ideas about nature lead to different arguments about how people should interact with it? What conceptions of nature do we need to discard or adopt? How (and why) do we argue with those who are unconvinced by overwhelming evidence? We will spend time considering these questions and more, all while managing information with a developing sense of rhetorical style. 

RHETORIC 102 01, MWF 1:00 PM – 2:10 PM, PROF. COCKRUM
RHETORIC 102 14, TR 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM, PROF. COCKRUM
RHETORIC 102 15, MWF 2:30 PM – 3:40 PM, PROF. COCKRUM
With the grammatical structures from Rhetoric 101 solidly in your grasp, we now proceed to Rhetoric 102 where your purpose will be not only to arrange these structures into well-articulated and researched pieces, but also to do so with style. And because our primary exploration will focus on a study of place, the presence of style will be twofold: incorporating stylistic and rhetorical strategies into your writing while considering the physical style of a particular place and its impact on identity. The experience of place is central to identity formation. Consider how communities regard certain spaces as sacred--churches, temples, mosques, or synagogues, for example; conversely, places such as strip malls and convenience stores communities may find much less so, profane even. Nevertheless, collectively these spaces create place. So, in addition to defining a physical building as place, place can be viewed as an interaction, a weaving together, of the sacred and profane that creates the culture in which people live and grow. Symbols, language, art, history, and literature all have a hand in creating place and the same can have a hand in a place's destruction. Yet even in destruction, place is created and our response to it contributes further to identity formation. Thus, absence of place, too, creates. Through our text and essay readings and our film and art viewings, we will navigate the ways in which others describe place as contributing to identity formation.

RHETORIC 102 06, MWF 11:30 AM – 12:40 PM, PROF. CONCEATU
RHETORIC 102 08, TR 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM, PROF. CONCEATU
RHETORIC 102 09, TR 2:30 PM – 4:15 PM, PROF. CONCEATU
How to be Alone
“Be yourself!”, they say. But how will I know how to do that when I have trouble being with or by myself? Some need to be around people and noise in order to avoid confronting their thoughts, fears, doubts, and other emotions. For others, true creativity and productivity are possible only in solitude. Being alone and liking it is often considered extreme behavior. Those who like being by themselves can be misunderstood, since license for aloneness is reserved for geniuses, eccentrics, and hermits. During a pandemic that has forced us to limit our physical interactions or even isolate from others, let us reexamine what thinkers, authors, and artists have pondered for a long time: the benefits and inconveniences of being alone. This course encourages you to investigate your relationship with your own selves—asking the tough questions, coming to terms with uncomfortable truths, acknowledging what works, celebrating successes, and making the necessary changes. Through a variety of fiction and non-fiction pieces, we will gain an understanding of other authors’ experience of loneliness, aloneness, solitude—and of the differences between these states—and discuss how these authors write about themselves. Building upon the bases laid by Rhetoric 101, the course continues to help you develop well-argued essays, conduct research, and hone your own personal style through the study and practice of rhetorical strategies and stylistic devices. You will write and rewrite 4 out-of-class essays and other shorter papers in response to class readings and activities, totaling at least 7500 words or 25 pages of finished work.

RHETORIC 102 02, TR 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM, PROF. EUTENEUER
RHETORIC 102 07, TR 8:30 AM – 10:15 AM, PROF. EUTENEUER
Play and Games, Writing and Research
The largest entertainment industry in the world is not movies, television, or music. It is video games. As digital games continue to become more accessible to wider audiences through mobile phones, subscription services, and simplified game engines, their impact and influence will continue to grow. Through a series of written essays, students will take a critical look at games and play, analyzing how digital games are made, who plays them, what stories they tell, and what makes the medium of games unique. Building on the skills learned in RHET 101, students will perform rhetorical analyses and undertake academic research into how games depict, critique, and reinforce ideals related to race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. Students will also complete exercises in style to hone their prose. Ultimately, students will gain the ability to effectively integrate and cite research in order to craft persuasive and expressive arguments.

RHETORIC 102 03, MWF 10:00 AM – 11:10 AM, PROF. FLORCZYK
RHETORIC 102 04, MWF 11:30 AM – 12:40 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 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 285

RHETORIC 285 02, MWF 2:30 PM – 3:40 PM, PROF. FRUSETTA
Journalistic Writing
This class provides hands-on experience in journalistic writing. You will practice research, interview, and writing approaches specific to journalism (as opposed to academic writing). We’ll explore the specific ethical standards of journalism. You’ll hone your editing to craft tighter and more impactful stories. And we’ll experiment with newspaper layout and InDesign. If you’re thinking of a career in writing, journalism, or editing, this class provides some practical foundations.

Rhetoric 370

RHET 370 01, TR 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM, PROF. DEAL
All sections of RHET 370 investigate the ways in which definitions of our identity (including definitions tied to class, gender, race and ethnicity, religion, and technology, among others) acquire cultural significance through written and oral expression. Students in this section will study the many ways in which rhetoric about the environment profoundly influences, and to a large extent, determines the ways we perceive and interact with the natural world. Students will examine the interrelationships among environment (economic, cultural, political), identity, and the natural world.