INI201H1: Theories of Rhetoric: A Brief History of Persuasion


The history of rhetoric, the philosophical art of persuasion, is a complex one bound up with the histories of philosophy, literature, and religion, the rise and fall of empires, and the emergence of modern science and media technology. We will examine the development of rhetoric over time, from the roots of the discipline in classical antiquity to the genesis of modern and postmodern rhetoric, including the New Rhetoric. We will then focus on contemporary rhetorical currents in language philosophy, gender studies, critical race studies, and affect theory.


Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents.

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Creative and Cultural Representations (1)