Eng 623: Topics in Narrative Studies and Creative Rhetorics

Narrative Studies and Creative Rhetorics prepares students to recognize, critique, help shape, and transform a story. It requires a background in the history of narrative, cross-cultural and contemporary developments in narrative writing, and an understanding of the broader context of popular culture. Topics addressed in Narrative Studies include narratives in cross-cultural perspectives, popular culture and ethnicity, writing and narrative form, historical perspectives on narrative writing, and visual/digital culture and literacy.


RWDMS courses provide you with many opportunities to show your skills as a reader, thinker, and writer. In this course, your work will include the following components:
  • Critical reading and analysis of disciplinary texts
  • Discussion boards: deepening understanding of readings by exchanging ideas with peers
  • 5 short creative and/or theory-based papers and/or blogs (3-5 pages)
  • Final creative/narrative project: text or digital media (15-20). (Your final project included a proposal, a peer review, and a cover letter that addresses the final project).

Time to Learn

All courses in the program encourage you to learn specific skills in the areas of theory and knowledge, analysis and critical thinking, and research and application. When you complete your coursework, consider especially how you were able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
Theory and Knowledge
You will be introduced to the theoretical and rhetorical foundations of narrative studies by participating in and advancing current knowledge in the field.
  • Understand how language practices during specific time periods were and are used to communicate about the diversity of human experience.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the contributions of rhetoric to narrative studies, cultural studies, gender studies, and race studies.
  • Research, evaluate, and apply rhetorical principles from classical to modern times for academic, professional and public discourse.
You will demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies and writing skills applicable to English studies, including academic writing, workplace writing, and information development.
  • Evaluate and reflect critically on methodological practices and concepts used in research designs in rhetoric, writing, and digital media studies.
  • Summarize and evaluate a body of research, including primary and secondary sources.
  • Demonstrate competent, ethical, and responsible use of information in academic writing and creative rhetorics.
Analysis and Critical Thinking
You will critically analyze how cultural artifacts (written, digital, visual, and spoken texts) are used to shape identity in diverse local, national, historical, and global communities.
  • Write critical analyses exploring key texts and key concepts about historical and current rhetorical terms and concepts.
  • Research, evaluate, and apply historical knowledge of rhetorical terms and concepts to show how contemporary language use is influenced by cultural knowledge.
  • Tailor your academic and professional work to a specific audience and focus your writing on a specific purpose.
You will synthesize and evaluate research, scholarship, and methodologies in rhetoric and create advanced-level projects that question current norms and dominant cultural assumptions.
  • Understand how cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, and economic factors influence communication practices in text and digital environments.
  • Research, evaluate, and apply rhetorical principles to question current norms and dominant cultural assumptions expressed in text and digital media.
  • Design and present text and media that addresses experiential learning.
  • Design and present projects that show a clear understanding of purpose, audience, and cultural, social, historical, and political contexts.
You will demonstrate an understanding of narrative studies’ theories and practices by carrying out course-related and client-related projects directed at conceptualizing, understanding, and reformulating current theories in the larger field of rhetoric and writing studies.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the project and its implications to the field of rhetoric, writing, and digital media through peer and self-evaluation.
  • Analyze, interpret and explain your findings and your project in an extensive project write-up.
  • Present your original research to professional and non-professional audiences, articulating sustained, coherent explanations of your work.
You will participate in local, national, and global communities of academic and workplace writers by participating in professional development activities, and by creating and updating online profiles that are rhetorically sound.
  • Develop your project management skills.
  • Apply appropriate communication and presentation standards to succeed in academic, civic, and personal life.


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