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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.

Aug 27, 2014

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.




Welcome to Mere rhetoric, the podcast for beginners and insiders about the ideas,...

Aug 14, 2014

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.

Aug 7, 2014

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

Jul 29, 2014

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.

Jul 24, 2014

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.