Department of English

Vincent Giordano



RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of Romance

43830 • Fall 2021
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM PAR 103

What’s the first thing that pops to mind when we hear the word “romance”?  A knight rescuing a lady?  Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan?  Taylor Swift?  “Romance” has been used to describe works in English literature for as long as there has been English literature.  However, what we’ve meant by romance hasn’t stayed constant: it’s moved from French or Latin, to chivalric, to individualistic, to airplane novels you hide once back at home.  In this class, we’ll treat romance itself as a rhetorical act in all of its iterations over the centuries.  Together, we will try and see how romance is constructed over time, why its performance shifts throughout the centuries, and why it’s so appealing to us that we’ll even put up with rewatching Friends.  We’ll examine romance not just as a genre or a presentation, but how it informs whatever we read and watch – how is romance a rhetorical act?  What informs its performance?  How does romance work through romantic texts?  How is romance constructed?   We shall read, listen to, and watch “romance” in all of its forms: from medieval poetry to the Romantic novel to modern movies to contemporary music, exploring what about romance draws us in, even as our idea of “romance” changes.


Assignments and Grading

  • Project 1: Annotated Bibliography (20%)
  • Project 2: Rhetorical analysis of one aspect of romance (25%)
  • Project 3: Multimodal project on one work of choice (30%)
  • Short Writing Assignments and Participation (25%)



  • Becoming Rhetorical, Jodie Nicotra, Cengage, 2019
  • MLA Handbook, Modern Language Association of America, 2016
  • A Lover’s Discourse, Roland Barthes
  • Twelfth Knight, William Shakespeare
  • Selected readings from authors such as Oscar Wilde, Lord Tennyson, provided online on  Canvas

RHE F306 • Rhetoric And Writing-Wb

83150 • Summer 2021
Internet; Asynchronous

Multiple meeting times and sections. Please consult the Course Schedule for unique numbers.

This does NOT meet the Writing Flag requirement.

This composition course provides instruction in the gathering and evaluation of information and its presentation in well-organized expository prose. Students ordinarily write and revise four papers. The course includes instruction in invention, arrangement, logic, style, revision, and strategies of research.

Course centered around the First-Year Forum (FYF) selected readings. Students focus on the foundational knowledge and skills needed for college writing. In addition, they are introduced to basic rhetoric terms and learn to rhetorically analyze positions within controversies surrounding the FYF readings.

RHE 306 is required of all UT students. Contact the Measurement and Evaluation Center, 2616 Wichita (471-3032) to petition for RHE 306 credit.

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