Module Details

LT192-4-SP-CO: Introduction To Rhetoric

Year: 2017/18
Department: Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Deirdre Serjeantson
Teaching Staff: Dr Deirdre Serjeantson
Contact details: LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the usefulness of rhetoric as a way of developing their writing skills (in both creative writing and essays) and of enhancing their reading and study of literature. As well as further exploration of the topics of imagery, style, point of view and structure, following on from LT191 Creative Writing Skills, the module will also address such questions as: awareness of an audience, the different purposes of rhetorical speech-making and writing, the nature of rhetorical argument, techniques of persuasion, the influence of rhetoric on dramatic, poetic and prose writing.

Module Supervisor's Research into Subject Area

"Burlesque rhetoric in Chaucer, Nasche and Sterne," D.Phil thesis, University of Sussex (unpublished)

"The case for sophistry," Rhetoric Revalued, ed. Brian Vickers (Binghampton, N.Y: Medieval and Renaissance Texts, 1982)

"The rhertoric that dare not speak its name," Pre/Text: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory (vol.13, nos. 3-4, Fall-Winter 1992)

"The 'chair of untruthfulness': Augustine, autobiography and rhetoric," Rhetoric: Ancient and Modern, European Humanities Research Centre colloquium (University of Warwick, March 1994)

"John Henry Newman: the reason for rhetoric," International Society for the History of Rhetoric conference (University of Edinburgh, July 1995)

Review of John Poulakos, "Sophistical Rhetoric in Classical Greece", Philosophy and Rhetoric (vol.29, no. 4, 1996)

Learning and Teaching Methods

Weekly 2-hour workshop


100 per cent Coursework Mark


60% Written Assignment, 35% Class Exercises, 5% Class Participation

Other details

The essay will be expected to be between 2,000-2,500 words in length. A class presentations mark will be based on an aggregate of the four best marks for class exercises throughout the term.


  • Please see ORB for bibliography

Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Mr Rupert Loydell
    Institution: Falmouth University
    Academic Role: Senior Lecturer