Preparing for argument sessions
In weeks when we will be culminating our study of the various moves, prepare
one to two page arguments that elaborate some insight that you have into the
move from your reading. These short arguments will make excellent trial-arguments
for your major project. In general, these arguments will probably be of four
- Exigesis. Take a passage from something you have read and explicate
it. Set its context. Explain its importance. Ponder its implications.
- Opening a text. Sometimes there are texts that perplex you. They
require extra work on your part to figure out. After that extra effort, explicate
what you figured out.
- Expanding a theory. Typically, contemporary rhetorical theories
lay out a perspective or an orientation. These are then applied to common
problems in rhetorical inquiry and ultimately to rhetorical artifacts. Make
one of these applications. Perhaps, for example, you want to consider the
implications of rhetorical subjectivity on thinking about the possibilities
of the internet.
- S/he is wrong/right! Sometimes you are moved to doubt or to enthusiasm.
Develop those synapses into an argument. Why is Burke wrong about . . .? Why
is hooks right about . . .?
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