Oratory in the Age of Obama

A course in rhetoric for the Honors College of Rutgers Camden

Readings and Activities for Thursday, April 1

Posted by William FitzGerald on March 29, 2010


Killingsworth, Chapter 6

Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I A Woman?

Barbara Jordan, 1976 Democratic National Convention “Keynote Address

Phyllis Schlafly, anti-feminist crusader (2)


Begin familiarizing yourself with techniques of sound and sense known as rhetorical figures, a partial list of which is available at American Rhetoric’s Devices in Sound page.  Some of these are familiar from poetry (e.g, alliteration, simile); the rest have strange names but will be seen as quite commonly employed devices.

From this point on, we will introduce several with each class period, and you can begin to identify them in the texts you encounter. For today’s class (4/1), we will meet four such figurative devices.


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