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ENG4400 Modern Rhetorical Theory 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is an introduction to modern rhetoric—the theory and practice of communication in our own times as informed by a tradition that goes back to the ancient Greeks and Romans but has been reinterpreted to account for the shifting contexts of modern life. This course focuses primarily upon the study of twentieth and twenty-first century rhetorical theory and theorists. Students will address a variety of topics, including rhetoric, science, and argumentation; rhetoric and meaning; dramatism; critical approaches to rhetoric; gendered rhetorical theories; non-Western rhetorical theories; rhetoric, media, and technology; postmodern approaches to rhetoric; and cultural studies. Students will also consider a variety of approaches to rhetorical criticism that influences professional and technical communication.

Prerequisite:
ENG1000, ENG2000, and ENG2100