An introduction to major contemporary and historical rhetorical theory, with a focus on the application of those theories in contemporary communication situations. Theorists discussed range from the
sophists, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian and Augustine to Richards, Booth, Kenneth Burke, Lukacs, Barthes, Derrida and DeMan. Areas of discussion are extremely broad, including classical, practical, elocutionary,
belletristic, psychological, epistemological, situational, Marxist, pragmatic, feminist and deconstructionist criticism of discourses of public and private institutions, business, religion, contemporary mass culture,
social movements, politics, discussions of war and technology, issues of class, the arts and gender-related communication.