Program in Comparative Literature

Tia Butler


B.A Foreign Languages and Literatures, Spanish, Whitman College

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RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of Witchcraft

43340 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM PAR 101

Witchcraft, witches, and magic are components of the supernatural which have become a part of contemporary culture and are represented throughout Western history and popular culture. Accusations of sorcery and witchcraft, moreover, have also historically been employed to rob others of power. Witchcraft and magic are implicated in social, economic, and political histories, and are heavily tied into gender construction and the history of women, along with questions of race and religion in other social minorities. In this course, we will investigate the rhetoric surrounding the Witch Hysteria of the early 15th and 16th centuries to understand how this early form of prejudice against those who are different can still be traced to rhetoric used today to either demonize those considered to be heretical or social minorities, or simply as rhetoric used to delegitimize political probes, as in the case of the Mueller probe or other conservative and reactionary causes.

 

Grading/ Assessment –

  • Short Writing Assignments-20%
  • Participation-10%
  • 1.1 Archival Assignment-10%
  • 2.1 Rhetorical Analysis Paper-10%
  • 2.2 RA Revision-15%
  • 3.1 Proposal Paper-15%
  • 3.2 Proposal Revision-20%
  • Peer Review-Invaluable

Required Texts

  • Becoming Rhetorical: Analyzing and Composing in a Multimedia World, Jodie Nicotra
  • The Little Longhorn Handbook, 2nd Edition
  • I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, Maryse Conde
  • Other materials will be available on Canvas

RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of Witchcraft

43665 • Fall 2018
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 303

Witchcraft, witches, and magic are components of the supernatural which have become a part of contemporary culture and are represented throughout Western history and popular culture. Accusations of sorcery and witchcraft, moreover, have also historically been employed to rob others of power. Witchcraft and magic are implicated in social, economic, and political histories, and are heavily tied into gender construction and the history of women, along with questions of race and religion in other social minorities. In this course, we will investigate the rhetoric surrounding the Witch Hysteria of the early 15th and 16th centuries to understand how this early form of prejudice against those who are different can still be traced to rhetoric used today to either demonize those considered to be heretical or social minorities, or simply as rhetoric used to delegitimize political probes, as in the case of the Mueller probe or other conservative and reactionary causes.

 

Grading/ Assessment –

  • Short Writing Assignments-20%
  • Participation-10%
  • 1.1 Archival Assignment-10%
  • 2.1 Rhetorical Analysis Paper-10%
  • 2.2 RA Revision-15%
  • 3.1 Proposal Paper-15%
  • 3.2 Proposal Revision-20%
  • Peer Review-Invaluable

Required Texts

  • Becoming Rhetorical: Analyzing and Composing in a Multimedia World, Jodie Nicotra
  • The Little Longhorn Handbook, 2nd Edition
  • I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, Maryse Conde
  • Other materials will be available on Canvas

RHE 306 • Rhetoric And Writing

43470 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM BEN 1.104

Multiple meeting times and sections. Please consult the Course Schedule for unique numbers.

This does NOT meet the Writing Flag requirement.

This composition course provides instruction in the gathering and evaluation of information and its presentation in well-organized expository prose. Students ordinarily write and revise four papers. The course includes instruction in invention, arrangement, logic, style, revision, and strategies of research.

Course centered around the First-Year Forum (FYF) selected readings. Students focus on the foundational knowledge and skills needed for college writing. In addition, they are introduced to basic rhetoric terms and learn to rhetorically analyze positions within controversies surrounding the FYF readings.

RHE 306 is required of all UT students. Contact Student Testing Services at (512)-232-2662 to petition for RHE 306 credit.

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