EN 1006 Lecture Notes - Meredith Monk

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Lecture 1 Notes: Introduction to EN 1007 Rhetoric
1. Defining “Rhetoric”.
--Martin Luther King Jr.: “I Have a Dream”: one of the most influential political
speeches ever delivered, a speech that has changed the life of black Americans and the
American nation for ever.
[ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb3VQ4BZHLI&feature=fvst ]
Types of Persuasion:
--in political speeches
--in legal speeches
--in advertising
--in all aspects of art
but we refer to rhetoric mostly as a verbal art
--You Tube Pulp Fiction Ending Scene (Diner)
[ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VExQS6Myrm0 ]
--You Tube Meredith Monk:
“The Tale”
[ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM-I53yUoTU ]
“Lost Wind”
[ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipTwEKsM94A&feature=related ]
--Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”
[ http://www.vangoghgallery.com/catalog/Painting/508/Starry-Night.html ]
Definitions:
--Aristotle: “the faculty of discovering all the available means of persuasion in any given
situation”
--an art that has “two ends: persuasion, which is audience-directed, and eloquence,
which is most often form-and-style-directed” (The New Princeton Encyclopedia of
Poetry and Poetics, 1046).
-- a discipline that uses skilful organization and effective language to inform, move,
and persuade people.
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