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Two Truths and a Lie: The Rhetoric of Authenticity

PWR 1LM - Fall 2015 - Instructor: Lindsey Mantoan
Last Updated: 24-Sep-2015

Our culture seems fascinated by the phrase "based on a true story," and we are inexorably drawn to learn about events that actually happened. How, then, do we judge authenticity? This class focuses on the rhetoric of truth in narrative. We will analyze how rhetorical texts and public personas are constructed and conveyed, and how we as a society have come to speak about them. 

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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2002.
Green Library » Stacks » BD171 .W528 2002
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2011.
Green Library » Stacks » PN1995.9 .D6 S5955 2011
5th ed. Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, [2010]
Green Library » Information Center » HM1011 .H37 2010 V.1
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2007.
Green Library » Jonsson Social Sciences Reading Room » HM1007 .E53 2007 V.1

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Bethesda, Md. : Cambridge Scientific Abstracts ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, [200-?]-
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[San Diego, etc., Sociological Abstracts, inc.]
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » HM1 .S67 V.52:NO.6 2004

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