D-Theory/Rhetoric

Theory/Rhetoric courses teach media theory, the major modes and schools of criticism and theory, and theories and techniques of reasoning, rational discourse, and argumentation.

22065

Cortez, José

Bullshit, Fake News, and Argumentation

The practice of bullshitting (“speech intended to persuade without regard for truth”) is firmly sedimented into civic life in the 21st century. Examples are everywhere: fake social media accounts and highjacked elections, accusations of... (read more)

26406

Barter, Faith

This course considers how women writers acknowledge, resist, and re-imagine their relationship to law. We will read literary works that directly engage law, as well as scholarship from legal studies to explore questions including: What is the relationship between law and literature? How do women... (read more)

26408

Frank, David

In this course we will examine theories of reasoned-based argumentation in the oral mode, and then incorporate those theories into the practice of making effective speeches that advocate for particular positions on arguable issues of public concern. We will analyze and critique oral arguments as... (read more)

26412

Southworth, Helen

In this course we’ll explore graphic narratives as a mode of life writing (biography. autobiography, memoir, coming of age narratives). We’ll discuss the ways in which the graphic narrative lends itself particularly well to these kinds of stories. Themes will include: the process of life-writing... (read more)

26424

Crosswhite, James

How are we persuaded? What is rhetoric? What is rhetorical criticism? What can rhetorical criticism do? How can it help us? In this course, we will explore the potential of rhetorical criticism. You will gain knowledge of rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism, and you will gain experience... (read more)

32154

Frank, David

In this course we will examine theories of argumentation in the oral mode, and then incorporate those theories into the practice of making... (read more)

32157

Kelp-Stebbins, Kate

Comics and graphic narratives are uniquely suited to exploring cultural location because they transform the storytelling unit of the page into a... (read more)

32170

Alaimo, Stacy

This course brings together critical animal studies and environmental studies.

  • The first unit asks what would it be like to be a bat or an octopus or some other species. Imagining the perspectives of other species leads... (read more)
32173

Pyle, Forest

This course in contemporary literary theory is organized according to the four dominant paradigms of critical debate over the past century:... (read more)

36512

Simnitt, Emily

Theories of Literacy is a course in Community Literacy. Together, we will read and discuss theories of literacy developed in the fields of education, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, rhetoric, and others. Individually, you will identify a site of literacy that has moved online during COVID-... (read more)

36542

Crosswhite, James

In this course, you will review and explore important concepts in rhetoric and argumentation theory, and you will gain skill in discovering the... (read more)

26549

Pyle, Forest

This course is designed to introduce students to some important theories and practices of literary and cultural criticism. My goals for... (read more)

26578

Crosswhite, James

Rhetoric has been characterized as a power to lead the soul, the universal form of communication, the art of persuasion, the way we... (read more)

16486

Cortez, José

This course will examine the cultural and literary discourses emerging from the locus of the U.S./Mexico border, a space of postnational political conflict that has extended deep into both... (read more)

31989

Frank, David

In this course we will examine theories of argumentation in the oral mode, and then incorporate those theories into the practice of making effective speeches... (read more)

36141

Fickle, Tara

The growing acceptance of comics and graphic novels as “serious” literature owes much to the genre’s embrace as a powerful vehicle for memory, especially by... (read more)

22803

Frank, David

Analysis and use of patterns of reasoning derived from the disciplines of rhetoric, informal logic, cognitive science, and... (read more)

22830

Cortez, José

One of the analytical and political goals of the field of rhetoric is to describe the power relations of the social text—to explain the rhetorical and... (read more)

27349

What happens to literature when text moves from page to screen? This online, team-taught course invites students of all majors and... (read more)

16079

Upton, Corbett

ENG 300 offers an introduction to literary criticism. This course will acquaint you with many of the important issues and debates in literary studies and introduce you to various theoretical schools with examples of each type. We will engage two introductory texts to literary and cultural theory... (read more)

16083

Kelp-Stebbins, Kate

Comics and graphic narratives are uniquely suited to exploring cultural location because they transform the storytelling unit of the page into a space of representation. The comics page graphically negotiates dynamics of home and away, self and other, as well as race and culture. In this course... (read more)

32027

Frank, David

In this course we will examine theories of reasoned-based argumentation in the oral mode, and then incorporate those theories into the practice of making effective speeches that advocate for particular positions on arguable issues of public concern. We will analyze and critique oral arguments as... (read more)

32045

Crosswhite, James

In this course, you will review and explore important concepts in rhetoric and argumentation theory, and you will gain skill in discovering the questions that drive controversies and the arguments that can be made on all the different sides of an issue. You will also practice speaking, writing,... (read more)

36676

Pyle, Forest

This course will be a sustained examination of the question: “What is Romanticism? This is a question which has no single or ultimate answer given that there seem to be as many answers as there are “askers.” There is, however, a rich and complex body of literature and critical commentary to... (read more)

22742

Frank, David

Analysis and use of patterns of reasoning derived from the disciplines of rhetoric, informal logic, cognitive science, and the theory of argumentation.

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26852

Crosswhite, James

Rhetorical criticism is the appreciation and analysis of how we are persuaded—and often includes judgment concerning the nature of the persuasion. The course will address the following questions, among others: What is criticism? What is rhetoric? What is rhetorical criticism? What are its... (read more)

27607

Fickle, Tara

Asian American Comics

The growing acceptance of comics and graphic novels as “serious” literature owes much to the genre’s embrace as a powerful vehicle for memory, especially by minority writers seeking to showcase “non-normative” accounts of American life: the experiences of being gay,... (read more)

32069

This course qualifies to satisfy Arts and Letters Group. It is designed to provide students with appropriate tools of understanding and evaluating critically debates, speeches, and other forms of oral discourse in the public sphere, and to provide students with a performative basis for engaging... (read more)

36674

Crosswhite, James

In this course, you will review and explore important concepts in rhetoric and
argumentation theory, and you will gain skill in discovering the questions that drive
controversies and the arguments that can be made on all the different sides of an
issue. You will also practice... (read more)