Visual Rhetoric

R397 — Fall 2021

John Arthos
Days and Times
11:15a - 12:05p MWF (3 CR)
Course Description

Visual Rhetoric focuses on distinctive rhetorical features of visual discourse. This iteration of the course will take up feature film narrative as a cultural instrument of public communication. Interpretive criteria such as narrative fidelity and probability (Walter Fisher’s narrative paradigm) will help students hone their critical acumen as rhetorical critics of this popular art form. We will get broad exposure to both American and international films, and develop a rich theoretical vocabulary of critical judgment. Credit given for only one of ENG-R 397 or CMCL-C 432.

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