Yesterday I mentioned that I studied Narrative and Rhetoric in my first year and talked about Narrative, today I will focus on Rhetoric.
When I first began Rhetoric, I don’t mind telling you that I felt out of my depth sitting amongst MA Literature students when I hadn’t even studied A level Literature, never mind a degree. However, I didn’t let it get to me and participated in the seminars as much as I could and became more confident as the weeks went by.
Some of the works we studied:
I can’t say I’m a particular fan of Jane Austen and I certainly didn’t enjoy Kathy Acker, however, I liked Lolita and loved A Girl is a half-formed thing. If you’re going to read the latter then may I suggest you read it like a poem. Lots of students struggled to get through the novel and initially I did too, until I noticed McBride’s poetic language. I went back to the start and approached it like a poem, reading aloud, and discovered a wonderful piece of literature.
The remit for Rhetoric was to present a persuasive speech and write a 3000 word creative piece.
For my presentation I invented a charity, Melody’s Music Makers, and my speech was to convince the audience to become a volunteer.
Melody provided entertainment to local care homes and handed out instruments to the residents so they could join in with singing and tap a tambourine, jingle the bells, or tinkle a triangle. I must have been convincing because the tutor thought it was my own company rather than a work of fiction.
For my creative piece I used a couple of extracts of persuasive speech from my debut novel, House of Grace, A Family Saga. I won’t provide the excerpts as I don’t want to spoil the story for those that haven’t read it yet, but I can say the scenes were set with Grace and her mother, Lady Granville, and taken from Chapter 4 and 5 in Part II.
Here’s a link for anyone that would like to read House of Grace.
Next time Part 3 – Year 2 – Poetry and Research Modules
I enjoyed this glimpse into your course. What made you decide to embark on the course?
Hi Angela, as mentioned in Part 1, I embarked on the course after my mum died to try and help fill the void. I chose Brighton as I liked how the course didn’t make you choose novel writing, screenwriting or poetry but instead covered a variety of subjects. I shall be covering all the modules I studied in brief detail over the next couple of weeks. Narrative and Rhetoric were both compulsory modules on the course. Triciax
Thanks for the tip on McBride. I’ll give it a go.
Great idea to share your journey like this. Others will be encouraged by your experience as I have been over the years.x
Thank you, Maureen.