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3210 Advanced Composition

101 MWF 10:00-10:50 Professor Rebecca Nowacek


102 TTH 8:00-9:15 Professor Cedric Burrows



103 TTH 9:30-10:45 Professor Cedric Burrows



3220 Writing for the Professions

101 TTH 12:30 - 1:45 Professor Beth Godbee


4220 The Art of Rhetoric

Course Description: This semester we will explore the Greek goddess of persuasion, Peitho (translated, “I believe”). Two questions will drive our discussions: (1) What is rhetoric? and (2) How does knowledge of rhetorical theory enhance our abilities both to analyze texts/people/culture and to compose our own texts? We will begin by reading Virginia Woolf’s _A Room of One’s Own_ to identify rhetorical concepts and tactics. Then we will examine 4 Units: Cultural/Political Rhetorics, Literary Rhetorics, Visual Rhetorics, and Pedagogical Rhetorics.

Reading: We will read and discuss classical rhetorical theories (the Sophists, Plato, Peitho, Aristotle, & Quintilian) and contemporary rhetorical theories (K. Burke, J. Berlin, J. Royster, and G. Anzaldùa). We will focus on these theories in terms of their usefulness for (1) analyzing others’ texts and (2) composing our own texts. We will use concepts/tactics from rhetorical theories to analyze authors as diverse as William Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, Sherman Alexie, and Marjane Satrapi as well as contemporary cultural artifacts/events like a presidential speech.

Assignments: Informal position papers; formal argument papers; paired presentation of final papers in class conference activity during last two weeks of classes.


4250 Creative Writing: Fiction

101 MW 2:00-3:15 Professor CJ Hribal


102 MW 3:30-4:45 Professor CJ Hribal


103 TTH 2:00-3:15 Professor Larry Watson


4260 Creative Writing: Poetry

101 TTH 3:30-4:45 Professor Larry Watson


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