Christine de Pizan,
The Book of the City of Ladies
Penguin Books, 1999
Carlo Ginzburg.,The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a
Sixteenth-Century Miller Johns Hopkins UP, 1992
Wayne Rebhorn, ed.,Renaissance
Debates on Rhetoric Cornell UP, 2000
James L. Golden, Rhetoric of Blair, Campbell, and Whately Southern Illinois UP, 1995
Victor Klemperer, The Language of the Third Reich Continuum Press, 2006
CFO 906 Homepage
historical survey of rhetoric from the Middle Ages to
Thank You for Smoking. We will cover, among other figures, Locke,
Petrarch, George of Trebizond,
Melanchthon, Peter Ramus,
Francis Bacon, Blair, Campbell, Whately,
Emerson, Emma Goldman,
Wayne Booth, and Angela
Davis. We will conclude with Marc Bousquet's "Composition as
Management Science," an article that will challenge some
popular (in North America) views about "rhet/comp."
Among other things, the course should provide students with an understanding of
how people from what is called the Renaissance were able to achieve a
return to classical texts.
Textual transmission plays
a key role, as do the changing technologies that impact
human communication, such as the YouTube video below.
The quotation from Friedrich Kittler on the right also
connects up with overlapping concerns in the study of
rhetoric and technology.
"The term discourse network can designate the network of
technologies and institutions that allow a given culture to select,
store, and process relevant data. Technologies like that of
book printing and the institutions coupled to it, such as literature
and the university, thus constitute a historically very powerful
formation.... Hermeneutics did not deal with the literal materiality
of the letter, but with works and traditions, because only these
were said to be historical and capable of producing history.
Contemporary sociology of literature takes the opposite approach and
reads texts as reflections of relations of production, whose
paradigm is energy or labor rather than information."
-- Friedrich Kittler in
Discourse Networks 1800/1900, pp.