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ERIC Number: ED402630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-27
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Epideictic Discourse as a Bridge to Argumentation: A Rhetorically Based Strategy for Teaching the Arts of Persuasion.
Ryan, Pat
Epideictic rhetoric, expression of praise or blame, animates much communication, from gossip to sermons, from commercial ads to love letters. Even when writing for purposes other than to judge, writers often frame their talk with implicit or explicit expressions of praise for individuals or groups or ideas considered "good." Epideictic rhetoric is an especially rich area of study for those who teach college students persuasion and argumentation. Students at the University of Iowa, mostly first-year students, produce simple persuasive speeches or essays that, as economia, use praise to persuade. The rhetorical projects require that a student choose a person he or she knows and admires and, in a hypothetical context, nominate that person for a public honor. In these exercises, epideictic rhetoric links highly personal expression with public persuasion. What is originally a kind of personal expression is transformed into a public nomination speech, a form of writing that gives due consideration to audience. Students instinctively use rhetorical devices without being aware of the Aristotelian label for them. Later, students learn how their own speeches reflect some of Aristotle's concepts; they study a communication triangle intended to reflect Aristotle's theories. Teachers can empower their students to use epideictic discourse first to judge the discourse of praise and blame and then to celebrate redeemable human qualities. (Contains 3 figures.) (TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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