Dr. Letteri is Chair of the Communication Studies Department. He played a critical role in the inception of the department in 1996 and was its first chair. His areas of teaching are rhetorical and discourse theory, political communication, media and film studies, and the ideology of art, architecture, and space. He has directed and co-directed several study abroad programs to Turkey, Greece, Italy and China. Presently, his main area of academic interest is the comparative study of Italian and Chinese film.

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COM-101

Public Speaking

Study of the fundamental principles and strategies of informative, persuasive, and ceremonial speaking. Emphasis on how to research, organize, and deliver a speech. The ethical, political, and social character of public speaking is also examined. Students perform a variety of speeches and oral exercises and serve as speech critics and interlocutors.

COM-201

Introduction to Rhetoric

Topical survey of the major questions and controversies in rhetorical theory, criticism, and practice. Topics include: classical canons of rhetoric, rhetoric146s role in civic life, and rhetoric146s relation to power, politics, law, education, and ethics. Readings may include selections from Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Nietzsche, Burke, Toulmin, Perelmen, Habermas, Foucault, White, Allen, and others.

COM-312

Rhetoric in the Modern World

The history of rhetorical theory and practice from the Renaissance to the present. Focus on the European tradition with special attention given to rhetoric146s relation to liberal education, politics, law, ethics, religion, myth, and ritual. Readings are from primary texts in the rhetorical tradition and may include selections from Petrarch, Salutati, Valla, Bracciolini, Cavalcanti, Ramus, Erasmus, Bacon, Hobbes, Lamy, Fenelon, Mackenzie, Locke, Vico, Monboddo, Blair, Campbell, Whately, Theremin, Nietzsche, Richards, Weaver, Burke, Perelman, Toulmin, Foucault, Habermas, and others

COM-321

Media Criticism

Critical methods used to analyze the mass media and popular cultural texts. The theoretical basis of such critical methods as semiotics, psychoanalysis, narrative and ideological theory, and cultural studies, and how to use these methods to analyze media texts such as television shows, movies, and magazine advertisements.

COM-353

Political Communication

Historical and theoretical study of the modern public sphere and public life in Europe and the United States. Focus on how transformations of political ideals, social, and economic institutions, and the media have changed the character of political discourse. Examination of how the changing relationships among state governments, political parties, special interest groups, and social movements affect political discourse.

COM-365

Great Film Directors

An examination of the concept of auteur (author) film production that focus on the unique stylistic elements of films based on the film director's aesthetics and worldview. The course looks at the films of many of the main individuals, both inside and outside of Hollywood, who are considered auteur directors such as John Ford, Billy Wilder, Igmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Pedro Almadovor, Spike Lee, Zhang Yimou, and Wong Kar Wai.

COM-421

Studies in Mass Media

Concentrated study in one area or theorist of mass communication. Course topics will change with each offering. Potential topics include the global media integration, the internet as a public sphere, public journalism, the theories of Marshall McLuhan, Hollywood film genres, or Italian film.

  • "Deleuze's 'Cinema of the Seer': Italian Neorealism and New Chinese Cinema." The Global Studies Journal. V.4, 2011
  • "Dirty Baby: The Gender Politics of Million Dollar Baby." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. V. 29, N.2, Feb/March, 2011
  • "History, Homelessness, and Silence in Wang Xiaoshuai's Shanghai Dreams." Asian Studies Review. V.24, N.1, March 2010
  • "Realism, Hybridity and the Construction of Identity in Wang Xiaoshuai's Beijing Bicycle." Southeast Review of Asian Studies, V. 29, 2007
  • A Handbook of Public Speaking. Allyn & Bacon: Nedham Heights, MA. January, 2002.
Education
Ph.D.
Ohio University
M.A.
Ohio University
B.A.
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

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