Syllabus - Fall 2017
Reading Citations (these readings will be linked below on this website
under the week they
are assigned if they are not included in the course textbooks):
note that the below readings are available to you via the links
provided on this webpage in our daily schedule. These
links will NOT work if you are not directly connected to the Boise
State University network. You MUST login to the library system BEFORE
the links will take you directly to the pdf version of the reading.**
You are responsible for printing out
the pdf version (NOT the full text
HTML version - when it is available) and bring it with you to
day we discuss it. Below are a list of all supplemental readings,
including those included in your Burgchardt textbook.
Benson, Thomas W. “The Rhetorical
Frederick Wiseman’s Primate.” Quarterly
Journal of Speech 71 (1985):
Blair, Carole, Marsha S. Jeppeson, and Enrico
Jr. “Public Memorializing in Postmodernity: The Vietnam
Veterans Memorial as
Prototype.” Quarterly Journal of Speech
77 (1991): 263-288.
Burke, Kenneth. The
Philosophy of Literary Form: Studies in Symbolic Action. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State
Campbell, Karlyn Kohrs. “The Rhetoric
Liberation: An Oxymoron.” The Quarterly
Journal of Speech 59 (1973): 74-86.
Dorsey, Leroy G. and Rachel M. Harlow.
Americans Pure and Simple’: Theodore Roosevelt and the Myth of
Americanism.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 6
Ivie, Robert L. “The Metaphor of Force
Discourse: The Case of 1812.” Quarterly
Journal of Speech 68 (1982): 240-253.
Fisher, Walter R. “Narration as a Human
Paradigm: The Case of Public Moral Argument.” Communication
Monographs 51 (1984): 1-22.
Leff, Michael C. and Gerald P. Mohrmann.
at Cooper Union: A
Rhetorical Analysis of the Text.” Quarterly
Journal of Speech 60 (1974): 346–358.
Mechling, Elizabeth Walker and Jay Mechling.
Campaign for Civil Defense and the Struggle to Naturalize the
Bomb.” Western Journal of Speech Communication 55 (1991): 105-133.
Nakayama, Thomas K. and Robert L. Krizek.
A Strategic Rhetoric.” Quarterly Journal
of Speech 81 (1995): 291-309.
Osborn, Michael. “Archetypal Metaphor
in Rhetoric: The
Light-Dark Family.” The Quarterly Journal
of Speech 53 (1967): 115-126.
Ott, Brian L. and Eric Aoki. “The
Negotiating Public Tragedy: Media Framing of the Matthew Shepard
Murder.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 5 (2002): 483-505.
Rosenfield, Lawrence W. “The
Anatomy of Critical Discourse.” Speech Monographs
35 (1968): 50-69.
Simons, Herbert W.
“Requirements, Problems, and Strategies: A Theory of Persuasion
Movements.” The Quarterly Journal of
Speech 56 (1970): 1-11.
readings are to be completed BEFORE each class period under
are listed on the weekly calendar below. Be sure to bring the text and
readings to class on the day they are discussed.
- Week 1 - Mon. 8/28/17
- Hour 1: Review syllabus and discuss expectations for
semester; Discuss "what is rhetoric?" and "what is
criticism?"; Discuss the role of rhetoric in criticism
- Hour 2: Read Rosenfield
(1968) (provided in class) & Complete How to Read &
Understand an Academic
Article Activity for Rosenfeld reading (also provided in class but
and also posted
- Hour 3: Debrief "How to Read..." activity; Preview of semester organization; Sign-up for
Discussion Lead Presentations
- NOTE: You can review Discussion Lead Group Presentation Assignment (click here)
and bring additional questions with you to next class if you have them.
We will review expectations again immediately before the first group's
- Discussion Lead Presentation Schedule will be posted on Blackboard
under Course Documents after it is finalized
- You can also email your group members through Blackboard as well - that
way you know their email addresses. Please note that you are *required*
to keep up with your Boise State account for this type of email
exchange - including from me! - so be sure to check it regularly and/or
forward your correspondence to an address you do check regularly.
- HW: Read Chapter 1 (Invention in Media &
Rhetorical Criticism) in Nothstine et al. for Monday 9/11
- NOTE: Be
sure to read and be familiar with Chapter 1 in Nothstine, et al.
- we will have covered most of this material as we preview the semester in Week 1 but you will
responsible for this chapter as a foundation for understanding what we
mean as "rhetoric," "text(s)," "criticism," and "critic" as we go
forward. This chapter discusses these terms in great detail.
- HW: Review Maxim 1 (p. 10) in Nothstine et. al for Monday 9/11
- HW: Read Chapter 6 (The Campaign for Civil Defense) in
Nothstine et. al for Monday 9/11
- HW: Read Mechling
& Mechling (1991) for Monday 9/11
- HW: Prepare to engage Maxim 1 in criticism of your own on
Monday 9/11 in class - we will review class material from 8/28 briefly
but please review your notes so that we can hit the ground running!
- Week 3 - Mon. 9/11/17
- Hour 1: Review/discuss
the role of Maxims in understanding
process of engaging in "good" rhetorical criticism; Discuss Mechling
& Mechling's reflection about the process of engaging in good
- Hour 2: Discuss Mechling
& Mechling (1991) and how it
Maxim 1 and what we've discussed as good rhetorical criticism
- Hour 3: Writing Activity #1
- HW: Read about Maxim 2 (p. 10) in Nothstine et.al for Monday 9/18
- HW: Read Chapter
8 in Nothstine et. al for Monday 9/18
- HW: Read Benson
(1985) for Monday 9/18
- HW: Prepare to engage Maxim 2 in criticism of your own
on Monday 9/18 in class
- Week 4 - Mon. 9/18/17
- Hour 1: Discuss Maxim 2 of engaging in good
rhetorical criticism; Discuss Benson's reflection about the process of engaging in good
- Hour 2: Discuss Benson
(1985) and how it relates to
Maxim 2 and what we've discussed as good rhetorical criticism
- Hour 3: Writing Activity #2
- HW: Read about Maxim 3 (p. 11) in Nothstine et. al for Monday 9/25
- HW: Read Chapter 11 (The Metaphor of Force in Prowar Discourse) in Nothstine et. al for Monday 9/25
- HW: Read Ivie
(1982) for Monday 9/25
- HW: Please review Discussion Lead Group Presentation Assignment (click here) and bring questions for beginning of class on Monday 9/25
- Week 5 - Mon. 9/25/17
- Hour 1: Discuss Maxim 3 of engaging in good rhetorical
criticism; Discuss Ivie's reflection about the process of engaging in
good rhetorical criticism
- Hour 2: Discuss Ivie (1982) and how it relates
3 and what we've discussed as good rhetorical criticism
- Hour 3: LIBRARY ACTIVITY - Class will not meet this hour; instead,
you are responsible for completing the Library Activity during this time. Meet
with group (or complete individually if you choose) to complete Library
Activity (you will be expected to meet in the library or with full logged in
access to the library system online instead of meeting for class during Hour 3).
- HW: Library Activity will be handed out in class and also posted on BB under Course Docs during Hour 3 of class.
- If you choose to work in a group for your Library Activity,
be sure to include *all* group members who worked on the activity on
the *one* completed activity you turn in.
- Your Library Activity is due on Monday 10/2 at the
*beginning* of class.
- HW: Read about Maxim 4 (pp. 11-12) in Nothstine et. al for Monday 10/2
- HW: Read Chapter 15 in Nothstine et. al for Monday 10/2
- HW: Read Blair,
Jeppeson, and Pucci, Jr. (1982) for Monday 10/2
- HW: Prepare to engage Maxim 4 in criticism of your own on Monday 10/2
- Week 6 - Mon. 10/2/17:
- Hour 1: Discuss Maxim 4 of engaging in good rhetorical
criticism; Discuss Blair's reflection about the process of engaging in
good rhetorical criticism;
- Hour 2: Discuss Blair, Jeppeson, & Pucci,
and how it relates to Maxim 4 and what we've discussed as good
rhetorical criticism; Midterm Exam Q&A; Discussion Lead Group #1 Q&A
- Hour 3: WRITING ACTIVITY #3 (in-class writing activity) will begin immediately after in-class review has subsided
- HW: Study for Midterm Exam
- Click here for
Midterm Exam Study Guide
- Week 7 - Mon. 10/9/17:
- Hour 1: MIDTERM EXAM - PART I
- Hour 2: MIDTERM EXAM - PART II
- (8/1/17): If you have trouble downloading any
reading via Blackboard or via Boise State databases, please see me
to the class we are discussing them, and I
will be happy to help. The links on this website are intended to help
you access the readings with the least "clicks." That being said,
technology is tricky, so ensure
minimal access problems by downloading your readings ahead of time.
- ABOUT LINKS ON THIS PAGE: If you are accessing links off-campus,
you will need to FIRST log-in to the
library website (there is a big orange button on their homepage that
says "login from off-campus") and THEN access these links to make them
work for you. You may need to click "refresh"before accessing the link
on the course webpage again, but you should be able to
access it after you are successfully log-in.
- Let me know if you need me to walk you through this early in
the semester, and I am happy to do so. Also, feel free to use the
supplemental readings list at the top of the page (as well as listed on
the course syllabus and on Blackboard as a Supplemental Readings list)
to find all these at once, rather than clicking on them here from week
- (8/1/17): All readings for this course are listed at
the top of this website with complete
citation information included so that you are able to access all
readings in the beginning of the semester if you so desire -
i.e., you can download everything
we will be reading in this class outside of the textbook [including
those reprinted in Burgchardt]. For those of
you who would like to print out all supplemental readings at one time,
will need this list to locate all readings. I will post direct links to
the readings NOT included in Burgchardt on this
the week of that reading is posted. If you would like to
print off all readings before the direct links to them are posted here,
please refer to the citation information above.
- Please cross-reference the supplemental reading citations with the
readings we will do in Burgchardt so you do not print off articles that
included in your textbook if you choose to buy the Burgchardt text (which is what I recommend), I will
indicate that the reading is in Burgchardt when I post readings to eliminate any confusion. You will need to decide
whether you would rather purchase the collection of reprinted essays or
access them in full text pdf form via the library database instead.
Either way you are responsible for having the reading in hand with you
in class on the day we discuss it. Please let me know if you have any
questions. I'm happy to help you access readings well in advance of
when it is due.