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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 387M • Modernist Rhetoric and Poetics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33635 MW
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
UTC 1.142

Course Description

This course will examine modernist (and later) rhetorical and poetic theories, with special attention to such key figures (for rhetoric) as I.A. Richards, Kenneth Burke, and Chaim Perelman, and including, e.g., imagist manifestoes, New Critical theory, and their post-WWII, postmodern successors, as well as some examples of actual poetic practice. (Specific choices will depend, in part, on student interests.) Among the questions to consider are: how well rhetorical theories can function as poetic (or literary) theories, and vice versa; how particular theories are related to, or motivated by, their cultural/historical contexts; the ways in which "postmodern" theories go beyond or simply recapitulate "modern" ones; and the ways in which particular theories may enable or constrain actual poetic practices (i.e., by constructing audience expectations and/or poets' conceptions of what they're doing, or want to do).


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