Wednesday, January 29, 2014

8:15 – 8:30 am
Review syllabus/introduction
  • Questions/comments re: syllabus
8:30 – 9:00 am
Aristotle, On Rhetoric

Read Aristotle’s Rhetoric (Aristotle, On Rhetoric, Chapter 2) in class:

  • Provide context for Aristotle: 384-322 BCE; attended Plato’s academy in Athens, Greece; tutor to Alexander the Great
  • Provide context for On Rhetoric: note rhetoric; note ethospathos and logos; note Aristotle’s emphasis on logos
  • Note the terms dialectic and syllogism, provide examples
Longinus, On the Sublime
  • Provide context for Longinus: Cassius Longinus, a third-century critic, scholar, and teacher of rhetoric–OR–Dionysius of Halicarnassus, a first-century historian and teacher of rhetoric
  • What words are repeated most in sections I – VIII? (great writing [Perì hýpsous], passion and emotion [páthos])

“There are, we might say, five sources most productive of great writing.”

  • Vigor of mental conception
  • Strong and inspired emotion

“Both of these are for the most part innate dispositions. The others are benefited also by artistic training.”

  • The adequate fashioning of figures
  • Nobility of diction
  • Dignified and distinguished word-arrangement

“Great Writing does not persuade; it takes the reader out of himself. The startling and amazing is more powerful than the charming and persuasive, if it is indeed true that to be convinced is usually within our control whereas amazement is the result of an irresistible force beyond the control of any audience. . . . But greatness appears suddenly; like a thunderbolt it carries all before it and reveals the writer’s full power in a flash.”

9:00 – 9:25 am
Free-writing assignment #1
9:25 – 9:30 am
Wrap up

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