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Teaching Toulmin

As I have previously mentioned, I’ve found it difficult to teach Toulmin’s model of argumentation to my ENG 104 students. I tried it during my first quarter but decided that the time it took wasn’t worth it considering the disappointing results. 305 more words


Questions about Quintilian

Having now read Quintilian, I realize how much our contemporary practices of writing instruction are indebted to the classical rhetoricians whose practices Quintilian synthesized in his  367 more words

History Of Rhetoric

The topoi and the writing process

I found the ideas in Frank D’Angelo’s article “The Evolution of the Analytic Topoi: A Speculative Inquiry” to be fascinating. D’Angelo outlines three broad stages (the global, the analytic, and the synthesis stages) in the development of human cognitive abilities and relates these stages to the development of the… 820 more words


Dissoi logoi

When I first read this selection, I understood it to be advocating for Protagoras’ way of thinking: “Of all things the measure is man.” The writer seemed to be saying that whatever the situation, good/bad (seemly/shameful, just/unjust, true/false) can only be determined by an individual’s self-interest. 265 more words


The representative anecdote and heuristics

Ross Winterowd’s “Dramatism in Themes and Poems” provided an “aha” moment for me about why dramatism is so named—it’s about actors (agents), scenes, acts, purposes, agency: basically, all the elements of great drama (and any story) apply to rhetoric as well. 492 more words


Reading Notes: Octalog 1 and 3

Octalog 1 & 3 Reading Notes

Octalog 1

Published 1998

James Berlin, Robert Connors, Sharon Crowley, Richard Enos, Victor Vitanza, Susan Jarett, Nan Johnson, Jan Swearingen, James Murphy (Moderator) … 988 more words

Reading Notes: Lois Agnew “The Classical Period.” Gaillet, Lynée Lewis. Ed. The Present State of Scholarship in the History of Rhetoric.

• Many of the issues from the original 1988 Octalog continue in Classical Rhetorical scholarship;
however, increased focus on revisionary histories of rhetoric have increased. 175 more words