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Define Rhetoric

by: Celeste De Santiago

Define Rhetoric 202-2

Celeste De Santiago
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Notes on defining rhetoric using authors such as Brummet and Ott and Dickinson.
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Celeste De Santiago on Tuesday October 27, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to 202-2 at University of San Francisco taught by Stimpson in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 8 views. For similar materials see Rhetoric in Writing at University of San Francisco.


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Date Created: 10/27/15
Define Rhetoric Rhetoric is using precise language tone diction and personality to convey a message In rhetoric every word matters there shouldn39t be fluff Something rhetorical could be MLK s speech a Verbal and nonverbal communication Influence power impact persuasive objective Brummet all definitions involves some aspect of influence Ott and Dickinson Rhetoric is any discourse art form performance cultural object or event that by symbolic andor material means has the capacity to move someone Keith Herring a Didn t use titles b Scale materiality subway drawings i High art Opera ii Low art Subway iii Time Brummet a Rhetorical Dialects i CriticalPurpose 1 It s possible to be objective 2 Objective and subjective ii Purpose 1 Interpreters what the text means 2 Inquisitive what is the text doing socially politically personally 3 Interventionists use criticism to promote social change iii ObjectMethod 1 An object has to do with the text reading or thing analyzed 2 Intertextuality how it s connected a Message as a whole 3 Method a Used to have a formula b But now not the best way c Our own perspective and pov iv TheoryPractice 1 Theory is a way of looking 2 Rhetoric as a way of doing knowing being a Knowing promotes a particular understanding of the world b Being May speak to you but not to someone else v Audience Consequentiality 1 Passive 2 Resistive 9 Medium a Pick and choose which medium because they all have different rhetorical effects b What is the dominant medium of our time 10Power a Can rhetoric give power b SilenceDeath c What kind of knowledge is it producing d In what ways might studying rhetoric relate to our public life


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