RIG Field Exam List

Candidates in the RIG concentration will read each of the top-level entries under each category or—where offered—a substitute from the bulleted list below it. Candidates will work with their faculty committee to complete their reading lists, which should total approximately 60-80 texts.

History of Rhetoric

Gorgias, "Encomium of Helen"

l  or Antiphon, Tetralogies 

l  or Isocrates, Antidosis

l  or Isocrates, Against the Sophists

Plato, Phaedrus  

l  or Gorgias

l  or Protagoras

Aristotle, Rhetoric

Cicero, de Oratore

Quintilian, selections from Institutes (Murphy's translation of books 1-2-12);

l  or Rhetoric to Herennius (Rhetorica ad Herennium)

Longinus, On the Sublime  

l  or Demetrius on Style

l  or Hermogenes, On Types of Style

l  or Hermogenes, On Issues

l  or the entire Hermogenic corpus ("Progymnasmata," "On Issues," "On Invention," "On Types of Style," "On the Method of Forcefulness")

l  or Menander Rhetor, On Epideictic

Augustine, On Christian Doctrine  

l  or Boethius, An overview of the structure of rhetoric

l  or Isidore of Seville, selections from Etymologies

l  or Anonymous. The Principles of Letter Writing

Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Poetria Nova (Nims translation)

Erasmus, de Copia

l  or Praise of Folly

l  or Wilson, The Arte of Rhetorique

l  or Vico On the Study of Methods of Our Time

l  or Ramus, selections from Arguments Against Quintilian

l  or Puttenham, Art of English Poesy 

l  or selections from Rebhorn, Renaissance Debates on Rhetoric  

Blair, Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres

l  or Campbell, The Philosophy of Rhetoric

l  or Whately, Elements of Rhetoric

l  or selections from Blair, Campbell, and Whately (see James L. Golden and Edward P. J. Corbett, eds. The Rhetoric of Blair, Campbell and Whately)

l  or Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Murphy, James J. Short History of Writing Instruction

l          or Kennedy, A New History of Classical Rhetoric

l          or Conley, Thomas. Rhetoric in the European Tradition 

Modern Rhetorical Theory

Austin, J.L. How to Do Things With Words.

Bakhtin, M. M. (1981). The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays.

l  or Voloshinov, V. N. (1973). Marxism and the Philosophy of Language.

Bitzer, Lloyd. (1968). "The Rhetorical Situation." Philosophy and Rhetoric, 1, 1-14.

l          or Vatz, R. E. (1973). The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation. Philosophy and Rhetoric, 6, 154-161.

l          or Biesecker, Barbara. "Rethinking the Rhetorical Situation from within the Thematic of Differance." Philosophy and Rhetoric, 22, 110-130.

l          or Consigny, Scott. (1974). "Rhetoric and Its Situations." Philosophy and Rhetoric, 7, 175-186.

Richards, I.A. Meaning of Meaning

l  or Philosophy of Rhetoric

Booth, Rhetoric of Fiction 

l  or Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences

l  or Weaver, Ethics of Rhetoric

Burke, Kenneth. A Grammar of Motives

l  or A Rhetoric of Motives

l  or Language as Symbolic Action

Derrida, Jacques, Limited, Inc.

l  or Writing and Difference

l  or De Man, Paul. Allegories of Reading

l  or Foucault, Michel. Archaeology of Knowledge

l  or Foucault, The Discourse on Language

Cixous, Hélène and Catherine Clement. The Newly Born Woman

l  or Kristeva, Julia. The Kristeva Reader 

Bazerman, Shaping Written Knowledge

l  or Fahnestock & Secor "The stases�" 

l  or McDonald, Professional Academic Writing

Perelman, Chaïm. The New Rhetoric

l  or The Realm of Rhetoric

l  or Crosswhite, Rhetoric of Reason

l  or Toulmin, The Uses of Argument

l  or Van Eemeren et al, Foundations of Argumentation Theory

l  or Habermas, Jürgen. The Theory of Communicative Action

Richard A. Lanham, The Electronic Word

l  or Haas, Christina (1995).  Writing Technology: Studies on the Materiality of Literacy. 

l  or Bolter & Grusin (2000) Remediation: Understanding New Media

l  or Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage.

l  or Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media

l  or Katherine Hayles, Writing Machines  

Composition Theory/Literacy Studies 

Brandt, D. (1990). Literacy as Involvement: The Acts of Writers, Readers, and Texts. 

l  or Heath, Shirley Brice. Ways with Words: Language, Life and Work in Communities and Classrooms.

l  or Scribner, Sylvia, and Michael Cole. The Psychology of Literacy OR Culture and Thought: A Psychological Introduction.

l  or Literacy: A Critical Sourcebook  Cushman, Rose, Kintgen, Kroll, ed.)

l  or Gee, James. Social Linguistics and Literacies_

l  or Street, Brian V. Literacy in Theory and Practice

Elbow, Peter. Writing Without Teachers

l  or Writing with Power

l  or Moffett, James. Teaching the Universe of Discourse

l  or Murray, Donald. A Writer Teaches Writing

Flower, Linda. The Construction of Negotiated Meaning: A Social Cognitive Theory of Writing

l  or Vygotsky, L. S. Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes

l  or Halliday, M.A.K. Language as Social Semiotic: The Social Interpretation of Language and Meaning

Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed

l  or Education for Critical Consciousness

l  or Shor, Ira. Empowering Education: Critical Teaching for Social Change

l  or hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress

Villanueva, Victor. Cross-Talk in Comp Theory

Harkin, Patricia. Contending with Words

Hillocks, George. Research on Written Composition

l  or Smagorinsky, Peter. Research on Composition: Multiple Perspectives on Two Decades of Change

Russell, D. R. (1991). Writing in the Academic Disciplines, 1870-1990

l  or Brereton, John.  The Origins of Composition Studies in the American College, 1875-1925: A Documentary History

l  or North, Stephen. The Making of Knowledge in Composition Studies 

l  or Berlin, James. Rhetoric and Reality: Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1900-1985

l  or Connors, Robert. Composition-Rhetoric

l   or Miller, Thomas P. Formation of College English

l  or Crowley, Sharon. Composition in the University

l  or Kitzhaber. Albert. Rhetoric in American Colleges, 1850-1900

l  or Harris, Joseph. A Teaching Subject

Pratt, M.L. (1991). "Arts of the Contact Zone." Profession 91, 33-40. MLA.

Canagarajah, S. (1999). Resisting linguistic imperialism in English teaching. Oxford University Press.

l  or Delpit, L. (2006). Other people's children: Cultural conflict in the classroom. Updated ed. New Press.

A Few Recommended (not required) Faculty Books:

Charney, Davida and Marie Secor. Constructing Rhetorical Education

Davis, Diane. Breaking Up [at] Totality: A Rhetoric of Laughter

---. Women's Ways of Making It In Rhetoric and Composition. With Michelle Ballif and Roxanne Mountford.

---. Ed. The UberReader: Selected Works of Avital Ronell.

---. Ed. Reading Ronell.

Faigley, Lester. Fragments of Rationality

Ferreira-Buckley, Linda and S. Michael Halloran. Hugh Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres

Longaker, Mark. Rhetoric and the Republic: Politics, Civic Discourse, and Education in Early America

Rebhorn, Wayne. The Emperor of Men's Minds: Literature and the Renaissance Discourse of Rhetoric

Roberts-Miller, Patricia. Voices in the Wilderness: The Paradox of the Puritan Public Sphere

---. Deliberate Conflict: Argument, Political Theory, and Composition Classes

---. Fanatical Schemes: Proslavery Rhetoric and the Tragedy of Consensus

Spinuzzi, Clay. Tracing Genres Through Organizations: A Sociocultural Approach to Information Design

Spinuzzi, Clay. Network: Theorizing Knowledge Work in Telecommunications

Syverson, Peg. The Wealth of Reality: An Ecology of Composition

---. Assessing Literacy with the Learning Record

Walker, Jeffrey. Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiquity

---.  Bardic Ethos and the American Epic Poem

Woods, Marjorie. Classroom Commentaries: Teaching the Poetria nova across Medieval and Renaissance Europe