This course will consider the art of rhetoric’s role within an emergent western intellectual tradition. We will measure the rhetorical theories of Protagoras and Gorgias and other sophists against Plato’s portrayal of them in those eponymous dialogues. Plato’s Phaedrus, Aristotle’s Rhetoric and portions of his Poetics will be discussed, as will several of Isocrates’ speeches, including Against the Sophists. Our reading of these primary texts will be accompanied by critical surveys of rhetoric’s history and inquiry into its contemporary standing.
MWF 12:30-1:20 pm
Cross-listed with ENGL 390 X
In addition to our careful readings and vigorous discussions, students will write two 1-page article abstracts, two 4-6 page textual analyses, and an 8-12 page research paper