Select a cultural artifact of your choice to demonstrate your understanding of a rhetorical perspective in Narrative Criticism, Pentadic Criticism, or Generative Criticism.

Focus on one of three criticism options in this paper. Do not use several forms of criticism in this paper. You can begin forming your paper by first selecting a rhetorical method, and then selecting an artifact that corresponds with that particular type of criticism.

Consult pages 310 (Narrative), 357 (Pentadic), and 387 (Generative) for Foss’ instructions on how to select a method-appropriate artifact.

This Short Paper will be graded according to how well you apply the method’s procedures provided by Foss on your artifact of choice. This short paper is to be comprised of a thesis statement that makes an argument about a cultural artifact. This thesis statement is defended through an analysis of said artifact that follows the guidelines of a particular rhetorical tradition. The type of criticism (rhetorical tradition) used is to be justified through the relationship between artifact and thesis (major argument).

This paper should be 4-6 pages in length (not including references), include a minimum of (4) academic, scholarly sources to support your claims, double-spaced, written in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, and one-inch margins. Include your name and page numbers in the header. Do not use block quotations, and do not use contractions (e.g. can’t, don’t, won’t, etc.) in your writing. Cite your sources in-text and in a bibliography MLA style of reference, and be consistent with that style throughout your paper.

See the Short Paper Rubric for more on how the paper will be graded.

PROVIDED TEXT FROM: Foss, S. K. (2009). Rhetorical Criticism: Exploration and Practice(4thed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

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