ComS 168 APPROACHES TO RHETORICAL CRITICISM
Mark R. Stoner
Optional, 50-100 points
Bruce Gronbeck argues that part of a liberal education is the Ainstallation of technical or in other ways precise language that enables its users to talk more accurately and usefully about the world. With the act of naming . . . come the abilities to assume perspectives on and to express attitudes toward the world A (185). Since we, as increasingly sophisticated students of rhetorical criticism must talk about the world of experience upon which we have chosen to focus, it is important that we develop a sufficiently sophisticated vocabulary to provide insight to ourselves and our audiences.
The glossary assignment asks you to do five tasks in the development of a vocabulary about rhetorical criticism:
1) Isolate words within the readings that you see as significant terms
for a critic or theorist to know.
2) Define the term from the reading or other sources.
3) Write a sentence from your source using the term.
4) Write a sentence you have created.
5) Provide a full bibliographic reference for the term so you can locate its source and the surrounding ideas if needed in the future.
If you were using an index card, it would look like this:
(You wouldn't include the comments in bold of course!)
[A quotation from the reading, using the term is cited.]
ANow, Rhetoric finds its end in judgementBfor the audience judges the counsels that are given and the decision is a judgement; and hence the speaker must not merely see to it that his speech shall be convincing and persuasive, but he must give the right impression of himself. . .@ (Cooper 91).
[An original sentence created by you that shows your
comprehension of the term]
According to Aristotle, rhetoric is the ability to figure out what arguments will be most moving for any particular audience.
[Proper MLA citation of the source used]
Cooper, Lane, trans. The Rhetoric of Aristotle. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1960. (Make sure your name is on each card)
Grading for the glossary: 50 pointsB25 accepted entries; 100 pointsB45 accepted entries
USE OF WEBSTER OR ANY OTHER COMMON DICTIONARY IS UNACCEPTABLE; DEFINE THE TERM FROM THE READING ITSELF.
Note: If you give me entries in time to review, I will review them, and indicate which are acceptable; you will be able to review unacceptable entries, in whole or in part as necessary to reach your goal.