Mere Rhetoric





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Let's take a walk down memory lane--memories of writing lane--with Deborah Brandt. We'll be accompanied by sponsors of literacy who can promote or discourage different types of literacy today on Mere Rhetoric.

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It's late summer--time for a road trip with Kenneth Burke and Gregory Clark! The landmarks of the American tourist (Yellowstone, New York City, Shake Country etc.) create indentification and, through idenfitication, nationality.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the seminal article "The Idea of a Writing Center." North's article is a manifesto for future writing center studeies as it has developed into an emerging discipline.

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Excessive litigation was part of Athenian life too, so forensic rhetoric arose to help parties self-representing to get the best say in court.

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Today's villain is the worst type of villain--the committee. Find out how grumpy administrators took America by storm in redefining composition in the most reductive writing terms.

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The finale in our countdown of the villains of rhetoric is a dialogue that starts with a rock-star orator and ends with a real villain who claims that might always makes right.

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Continuing on the villains of rhetoric, today we talk about Kant. But can you reconsile Kant to rhetoric? Scott Stroud thinks so.

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In our series of the villains of rhetoric, we now turn to the super team of rhetorical critics: Agrippa, Jewel, Patrizi and Montaigne. The first two might be sarcastic, but they all bring up similar complaints against rhetoric during the renaissance.

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Second in our countdown of the villains of rhetoric, Ramus took invention out of rhetoric and gave it to...a tree. Find out how this tree took control of invention for centuries this week.

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The first in our month-long series of---THE VILLIANS OF RHETORIC! We begin with Hobbes, who decries the demogogues and democracy, while retaining a small space for "philosophical rhetoric" counsel to a sovereign.

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