General information

Module title Western Rhetorical Communication
Language English
Module lecturer dr Sławomira Brud
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position senior lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 15
USOS code 03-WRC-11MSDM


Module aim (aims)

- to gain knowledge about the history of Greek and Latin rhetoric
- to gain knowledge about the system of classical rhetoric and its contemporary reception
- to gain knowledge about the rules of rhetorical analysis
- to gain skills of rhetorical analysis of persuasive texts

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)



Week 1 History of ancient rhetoric (1h)
Week 2 Main rhetorical categories.
Week 3 Canons of rhetoric (invention, arrangement, style, memory, delivery)
Week 4 Rhetorical analysis: general rules
Week 5 Rhetorical analysis: practical exercises (1) - inventio
Week 6 Rhetorical analysis: practical exercises (2) - dispositio
Week 7 Rhetorical analysis: practical exercises (3) - elocutio
Week 8 Writing the rhetorical analysis essay

Reading list

1. Gideon O. Burton, Silva Rhetoricae, Brigham Young University ( )
2. Sharon Crowley, Debra Hawhee, Ancient Rhetoric for Contemporary Students, New York ...: Pearson - Longman 2004
3. Encyclopaedia of Rhetoric, ed. Thomas O. Sloane, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2001
4. George A. Kennedy, A New History of Classical Rhetoric, Princeton: Princeton University Press 1994
5. Kathleen E. Welsh, The Contemporary Reception of Classical Rhetoric: Appropriations of Ancient Discourse, Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1990