Using a developmental approach to the process of criticism, Making Sense of Messages serves as an introduction to rhetorical criticism for communication majors. The text employs models of criticism to offer pointed and reflective commentary on the thinking process used to apply theory to a message. This developmental/apprenticeship approach helps students understand the thinking process behind critical analysis and aids in critical writing.
1. What Are Rhetorical Messages?
2. Criticism: What Critics Do with Rhetorical Messages
II. Process to Product
3. Four Kinds of Critical Thinking
4. The Process of Description
5. The Process of Analysis
6. The Process of Interpretation
7. The Process of Evaluation
8. Writing Your Ideas
III. Analytical Tools
9. Classical Approaches: Ancient Rhetoric
10. Classical Approaches: New Rhetoric
11. The Narrative Paradigm
12. Fantasy Theme Analysis
13. Burkeian Analysis
14. Ideological Approaches
15. Feminist Approaches
16. Postmodern Approaches
17. Visual Communication
1. Sample Analysis of "She's Leaving Home"
2. Sample Student Paper: Barbara Jordan's Keynote Address at the 1992 Democratic National Convention: A Neutral Approach to a Partisan Task
3. Sample Student Paper: A Response to the Death of a Princess: The Form and Function of a Eulogy