UW-Milwaukee ENGLISH 853 - Syllabus (4 pages)

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English 853 - Seminar in Contemporary Rhetorical Theory: Ethos, Techne, and Public Discourse

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English 350 853 001 Seminar in Contemporary Rhetorical Theory Ethos Techne and Public Discourse Instructor Bill Van Pelt Wed 5 30 8 10 Curtin 477 Office Curtin 505 229 4326 e mail vanpelt csd uwm edu Fall Semester August 2001 Course Description This course examines theories of writing in relation to ethos technology institutional settings and the social construction of knowledge in public discourse We will begin with a critique of Enlightenment rationalism referential theories of language and how those theories alter or reinforce our understanding of rhetoric ethical appeal and the pragmatic applications of institutional writing practices within discourse communities The course will draw on the works of Aristotle Nietzsche Heidegger Lyotard Habermas Baudrillard Rorty Faigley and Feenberg among others to examine the assumptions of discourse communities their belief systems and their writing conventions Examples will be drawn from the composition classroom professional writing and public discourse Rather than considering writing as merely a form of representation or a means of communication we will also consider the consequences of writing as a form of techne rhetorike or rhetorical art that unifies theory and application in the act of knowledge production and integrates belief with social action We will analyze rhetorical situations which reveal the consequences of writing as a techne and focus on the rhetorical perspectives of the authors mentioned above In addition to the topics mentioned above other course topics will include but will not be limited to a critique of post structuralist and post modern theories of language American pragmaticism and the consequences of viewing writing from diverse perspectives such as writing as a collection of techniques writing as a habit of arranging arbitrary signifiers writing as a definable process writing as social action and writing as a way of knowing The following syllabus provides a general initial overview of the class as



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