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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.

Mar 27, 2014

Mina Shaughnessey's students were new to college and composition, but they were coming in with their own complex writing histories. Not only did she notice these patterns of writing errors, but she pioneered the study of basic writing and practitioner-research in the process. Pretty clever.

Mar 22, 2014

If God will give a preacher the words needed through scripture and inspiration, can there be such a thing as a Christian rhetoric? Today we talk about the Bishop of Hippo, and former rhetoric teacher, Augustine.

Mar 13, 2014

Think about all the genres you engage in every day: Facebook status, literary analysis, movie review, passive aggressive post-it note. What makes those genres distinct? How do you know you're writing one genre and not another? Turns out your community may detirmine whether a genre exists and how you encounter it....

Mar 5, 2014

Jeremy P Smyczek joins me in discussing real Renaissance man Erasmus and his ideas on thinking of your audience, how to write a lot in order to write concisely, and more.