The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Mt Oread Manifesto

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 18, 2014 - 5:58pm

I think everyone who self-identifies as a rhetorician should read the new RSQ, which includes a manifesto for rhetorical pedagogy.

Some of the points made therein:
Whereas, a free society requires citizen participation in discourse--not simply voting or consuming information,
Whereas, participation in the issues shaping a society necessarily means being able to understand a problem from more than one position;
Whereas, rhetoricians agree that we have a common cause and history,


Isocrates for the 21st Century

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 16, 2013 - 9:05pm

Tania Smith knocks it out of the park, looking at Isocrates and at the ways that classical rhetoric is genuinely a resource for work across disciplines.


"My Favorite Comm Professor"

Submitted by syntaxfactory on April 21, 2013 - 7:18am

This post is about disciplinarity, about disciplinary identity, and about disciplines and communities. It is also about a certain "working through" of both a response to some pedagogical experiences and some personal narratives.


"Critical Theory"

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 22, 2011 - 10:52pm

A colleague at a small state college is in a department experiencing some torsion. Courses on the books in "literary theory" and "rhetorical theory" are to be replaced with a single course in "critical theory."

My first impulse was: this is the English department slipperiness. Sometime between 1985 and now, "literary theory" of all stripes became "critical theory." The department is not adding a course in Adorno and Horkheimer and Freire and so on; it is simply participating in the standard course renaming to keep up with the Joneses.


Rhetoric of Inquiry

Submitted by Maxwell on April 17, 2011 - 5:51pm

Since the beginning of my graduate work, I've been interested by the concept of interdisciplinarity. It might have something to do with the way I was introduced to the study of Rhetoric, but it makes sense in my mind: Rhetoric can speak to other disciplines and other disciplines have equally as much to say to Rhetoric. In this vein, I've become interested in how various disciplines function rhetorically.


Navigating my way through life as a rhetoric PhD student

Submitted by Jeremy Adolphson on September 30, 2010 - 4:54pm

It is no surprise that it is autumn, if only summer lasted a little longer…if only. To some extent or another, we are all entrenched in teaching, researching, and especially so for the graduate students, balancing coursework with teaching responsibilities, and professional development. The mid to latter part of the Fall Semester is also dominated by getting things prepped and travel plans booked for the NCA conference. The uncertainty of a strike I am sure has affected travel plans, lodging changes, and possibly causing others from attending.