General information

Course type AMUPIE
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