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ENGL 431. The Rhetoric of Style

Credits: 3
Department: English
Description: Theories, principles, and practices of style and its political and ethical relationship to the prodution of meaning in a variety of discourse communities. Development of effective stylistic competencies and evaluation of style in cultural artifacts.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate the rhetorical effectiveness of a diverse range of texts (such as editorials, blogs, websites, television shows, movies, videos, and advertisements ) based upon stylistic characteristics.
2. Explain how socio-cultural and market contexts shape the meaning of rhetorical styles.
3. Analyze the formal properties that constitute a style.
4. Recognize how a rhetoric of style works to construct identities and communities, negotiate power, and create knowledge about social values and beliefs.
5. Situate their own compositional style within a rhetorical framework.

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