Finding the Lost Rhetorical Canons

Finding the Lost Rhetorical Canons Finding the Lost Rhetorical Canons: Reimagining Delivery and Memory, February 20, 2014, 3:30 p.m.
Humanities Center Room 218. Panelists: York College faculty Kerrie Carsey, Ph.D., Gabriel Cutrufello, Madeline D. Yonker, Ph.D.

Rhetoric has long been divided into five "canons" which describe the work of designing effective writing and speech: invention, arrangement, style, memory and delivery. These categories have served both analytical and generative purposes; they provide a template for the criticism of discourse, and they serve as heuristics for rhetorical education. Beginning with Aristotle, countless rhetoricians have dissected and prescribed the application of these five categories, yet since the advent of print, memory and delivery have been relegated to the backseat of rhetorical analysis and education. New shifts in writing technology, however, have refocused scholars' attention on these long-lost canons: different media serve to refigure delivery methods; and markedly different audiences, such as machines, serve to reposition our approach to memory. This panel will explore the lost canons of delivery and memory with regard to these new writing technologies.