Defining Rhetoric

Andrea Lunsford gave a terrific talk on our campus last night as part of our English Composition Colloquium Series. I knew ahead of time that she was going to talk specifically about the Stanford Study of Writing, with an explicit connection to new literacies. At the heart of the talk were the stories of three undergrad students who were doing all sorts of interesting composing in extracurricular contexts, but whose feelings of connection to school writing were much more tenuous.

What I didn’t know was that she was going to frame her talk in terms of rhetoric. She gave a nice overview of rhetorical theory, but I’ve gotten a couple of questions from folks who were there about how our field defines rhetoric. That’s a big question, but I thought I’d post here some slides that I used in last semester’s seminar on rhetoric. (And yes, that’s bacon on the slide with the Sir Francis Bacon quote.)

Slides: Defining Rhetoric

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