English 700: Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition (Fall 2011)

Drilling

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This course introduces students to scholarship in rhetorical theory and composition studies by working backwards or “drilling down." The course begins with a very brief introduction to the discipline(s). Each unit thereafter begins with a contemporary work in rhetoric and composition scholarship and then drills down through portions of that text’s citational chain. This approach introduces students to contemporary research in rhetoric and composition while also providing a method for conducting research in medias res. This course puts students into the middle of current research and provides them with strategies for negotiating and mapping scholarly terrain.