This is an upper-level course in the history of rhetoric that I am scheduled to teach in the spring of 2021. We will read through the key texts of the Greek and Roman traditions, and spend some time reading in ancient Chinese rhetoric, especially the teachings of Confucius.
Students will not only read about ancient rhetoric, but will experiment with the exercises that ancient students were asked to complete: the progymnasmata, imitation exercises, prosopoeia, and declamation. 
Students will be able to articulate the central tenets of the Greek, Roman, and Chinese rhetorical traditions; to adapt the principles of these traditions to their own writing process and pedagogy; and to analyze the reception of these systems in later eras, especially how the ancient system has served to empower and/or discipline the disadvantaged. 

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