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Prolepsis - anticipating opposing views

Page history last edited by PBworks 15 years, 9 months ago

Counter-argument is your friend.



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We can strengthen our writing--or, allow our writing to be transformed--by focusing on and working with the interference patterns that emerge when point meets counterpoint. Learning how to recognize and consider counterpoints, and how to time and situate the counterpoints we offer, have always been fundamental to the construction of shared rhetorical dwellings. Classical rhetors named this art of anticipation prolepsis, and we will experiment with the various ways proleptic attention can sharpen reading skills, and help us find audience for our projects.


figures of anticipation and refutation



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