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Mythology and Rhetoric

Code 12332
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area História das Culturas
Entry requirements Prerequisites: Correct and fluent expression in Portuguese.
Mode of delivery In person, in class, and by distance learning for some tutorial classes or advices.
Work placements Does not apply.
Learning outcomes - Discuss the concept of myth.
- Understand the importance of Rhetoric.
- Have a space for reflect mythology in different cultures.
- Check the survival and processing of mythological elements in Lusophone culture.
- Promote the understanding of the use and the dialogism of Mythology with the Rhetoric.

At the end of the semester, the student should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Reveal awareness of myths.
- Show that it is capable of critical thinking; demonstrate communicative hability; communicate effectively and persuasively.
- Produce written texts and oral methodologies with rhetoric elements.
Syllabus 1. Myth: concept and importance.
2. Rhetoric: concept and importance.
3. Uses of mythology with rhetorical purposes in literary texts and discursive uses: development of practical exercises of reading, interpretation, writing and speaking.
Main Bibliography Black, E. (1978), Rhetorical Criticism: A Study in Method. Madison, U. of Wisconsin P.
Desbordes, F. (1996), La Rhétorique antique, Paris, Hachette.
Grimal, P. (1985), Dictionary of Classical Mythology, Oxford, Hyslop.
Hamilton, E. (1970), A Mitologia, Mem Martins, Europa-América.
Kennedy, G.(1999), Classical rhetoric and its Christian and secular tradition from ancient to
moderm times, Chapel Hill/London, U. of North Carolina P.
Lausberg, H. (1993), Elementos de Retórica Literária, Lisboa, FCG.
Leeming, D. (2005), The Oxford Companion to World Mythology, Oxford, Oxford UP.
Lunsford, A. ed. (1995), Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the Rhetorical Tradition, Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P.
Pepe, C. (2013), The Genres of Rhetorical Speeches in Greek and Roman Antiquity, Leiden, Brill.
Smith, W. ed. (1870), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Boston, C. Little
and J. Brown.
References to full reading of Bibliography Active: set at the beginning of each year.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Teaching methods: classes of exposition and application of contents; teacher-student dialogue and student-student; reading and analysis of some texts; practice of rhetorical discourses.

1. Commentary and Interpretation of fundamental texts.
2. Submission of 2 written papers (review, personal reflexion, essay) of 3 pp. (delivery: March, April: 15% each).
3. Final Written Paper (70%).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-12-24

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