Archive for November, 2011

to see if I’m in

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey, Dr. Baker.  I’ve got a techno guru beside me now, so if I’m not doing something right, then we’re in trouble.


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I do believe that I have become an author.

November 22, 2011 Leave a comment

If you are reading this, then I successfully become an author of the Rhetoric Blog.

Let’s see.

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We are here, we are here!

November 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Testing, Testing, One, two, three.

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The Rhetorical Device/Concept Project

November 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Here are instructions students received…

Purpose: This project is designed to help you apply rhetorical concepts and critical strategies to specific popular contemporary texts.

Description: Compose a project in which you examine the circulation of one rhetorical device or concept in contemporary cultural texts and make important and interesting interpretive claims about the function of this device or concept in these texts. Not only will you compose an examination of this rhetorical device in popular texts, but you will also effectively argue the relevance and importance of doing so.

Form: The project’s suggested form is list article (also called a listicle), with an introductory overview/definition of the rhetorical device or concept followed by a rich and varied set of illustrative examples from popular contemporary texts and excerpts (songs, videos, ads, TV episodes, movies, novels, poems, stories, articles—anything goes), each with a thorough explanation of the device or concept’s role/function/effect in the text, along with a full MLA-style citation of the text. Links, scans, embedded videos, and/or excerpts will be necessary. In total, you’re composing 1500-2000 words for the project. You’ll divide your individual project into several separate blog entries: an overview and an entry for each illustrative example. How long is your introductory overview? How many illustrative samples will you use? How long will each of your explanations be? These questions are decided by each student.

Each blog entry will be “tagged” with at least 3 terms: the rhetorical concept (e.g., epizeuxis, overview), the medium or genre of the exemplum (e.g., song, film, novel), the effect achieved by the concept (e.g, emphasis, amplification). We’ll standardize these tags as a class so that they may function as stable, alternative navigation paths among all students’ blog entries for this class project.


  • Choose a specific rhetorical concept or device (or very closely related set of concepts/devices) to seek out in culture, either in a certain type of text or in texts of several different kinds. Lanham’s A Handlist of Rhetorical
    will be especially useful as a menu of many devices that would be
    well-suited to this project. You might additionally consult Rhetoricae Silva (
  • Choices will be exclusive; only one student per concept. Let’s seek to avoid redundancy and respect topical territories as we co-construct this class project. To these ends, we’ll have a clear and public proposal procedure for topic/concept choices and approval. The instructor reserves the right to veto, assign, and arbitrate topics.
  • Once you find an example of your rhetorical concept at work in a articular text, you’ll write a paragraph or two that includes these components:
  1. Summary of the text (no more than one sentence of plot summary allowed),
  2. Description of the concept at work in the text,
  3. Claim(s) about the concept’s effect(s) in the text.
  • You’ll select an appropriately illustrative, brief excerpt of the text to include in your blog entry.
  • We’ll use peer feedback sessions during class to help improve the quality of each other’s ideas and prose.

Evaluation: Projects will be evaluated holistically according to the course’s Unsatisfactory-Satisfactory-Excellent scheme, with Satisfactory projects demonstrating the following traits:

  • Meets the project’s formal requirements;
  • Demonstrates understanding of a particular and clearly defined rhetorical concept and its importance, role, functions, and effects in contemporary popular texts;
  • Includes effective examination of the rhetorical concept in relevant and specific texts;
  • Features college-level quality and clarity of writing and a clear logic of organization within each blog entry.

For an Excellent score on this project, a student must additionally contribute several blog entry responses (using the comments feature) to classmates’ rhetorical concepts. These additional contributions should each offer new insight into a classmate’s blog entry or propose and explain an additional illustrative example of the classmate’s rhetorical concept.

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Hello world!

November 13, 2011 2 comments

Welcome to After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post.

Here are some suggestions for your first post.

  1. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by reading the Daily Post.
  2. Add PressThis to your browser. It creates a new blog post for you about any interesting  page you read on the web.
  3. Make some changes to this page, and then hit preview on the right. You can always preview any post or edit it before you share it to the world.
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