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Rhetoric and Media Studies

RHET 372 (W) Metaphor and Communication (1)

This course is an exploration of what the use of metaphor does to and for us. The course covers two units roughly corresponding to the theory and criticism of metaphor. The first unit surveys a variety of scholarly attempts to define metaphor and explain metaphorical function. The second unit examines ways that metaphors can be evaluated and the reasons that they should be evaluated. Class periods will primarily be devoted to lecture, guided discussions and reports.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: RHET 231 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Douglass