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Mere Rhetoric

Welcome to Mere Rhetoric, the podcast for beginners and insiders about the ideas, people and movements who have shaped rhetorical history.

Feb 25, 2014

Ancient rhetoric teachers saw the value of teaching short assignments before long. How short? How about a single proverb? Today, I'm joined by Eric Detweiler as we discuss the progymnasmata.

Feb 19, 2014

Lonely Peter Elbow faced serious writers block. To get over it, he began to draw on the methods of group therapy. The result led in ripples through composition, as expressivism and its critics argued about what it takes to create good writing. Today we talk about expressivism.

Feb 10, 2014

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the most lovelorn Socratic dialogue, arguing for love, for lovers, and, of course, for rhetoric. Jeremy P Smyczek

joins me for a talk about Socrates' weird reversal on rhetoric, the poetic virtues of a surly philosopher and the continued influence of a very old argument.

Feb 6, 2014

How did dissapointed poet who got kicked out of a communist meeting become one of the founders of contemporary rhetorical theory? Today we talk about the many facets of Kenneth Burke, aka Kenny B.



Welcome to Mere Rhetoric, a Podcast for beginners and insiders about the people, terms, and movement, that have defined...