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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.

Apr 29, 2014

Do you know what's hard? Schoool. Do you know what's harder? School when you're hungry and oppressed. Paulo Freire knew how terrible it was to feel like you didn't have control, like you weren't the subject of your own life. Today, Pedagogy of the Oppressed on Mere Rhetoric.

Apr 24, 2014

Our hairy-hearted hero of the Second Sophistic was young, brilliant--and inclined to expand the traditional divisions of style or stases into more specific categories.

Apr 17, 2014

Cicero's De Oratore dialogues in the moment of peace before the brewing political crisis. Today we talk about how sometimes you want to sit down and philosophizze about rhetoric in the face of political disaster. And wait until you hear what you need to know if you want to be an orator in Cicero's mind. Jeremy P Smyczek...

Apr 10, 2014

Sometimes being smart, eloquent and beautiful just aren't enough, like if you're an illegitimate girl in 17th-century Mexico. Sor Juana's defense of the rhetorical education of women today on Mere Rhetoric.

Apr 3, 2014

No, learning rhetoric in your teens or twenties is far too late, Quintilian suggests. You've got to start younger. How young? Baby young. How to develop the full rhetor according to Quintilian today on Mere Rhetoric.