Q: WHAT IS RHETORIC?
A: According to the UC Berkeley department website, “The Department of Rhetoric is a leading center for interdisciplinary research and teaching in the humanities and social sciences, committed to the study of rhetorical traditions from the classical to the contemporary eras. Linked by a common interest in the functions of discourse in all its forms, faculty and students engage the theoretical, historical, and cultural dimensions of interpretation and criticism, in fields as diverse as political theory, gender, law, media studies, philosophy, arts, and literature.”
Rhetoric on the surface is persuasive communication, which manifests itself in every aspect of life from explicit verbalization through speech, to the implicit semantics of a gesture. More generally, rhetoric at its core is the critical examination of all forms of discourse in all fields.
Q: WHAT DOES A SUCCESSFUL SUBMISSION LOOK LIKE?
A: Though the journal has a rhetorical focus, we pride ourselves on having an interdisciplinary scope and publishing submissions from all departments and majors. That being said, a successful submission should strive to always have a critical slant, or an argument, that is unique and/or relevant to contemporary society. In terms of the standards for submission, we are looking for work that is at the level of a senior thesis.
Q: CAN I PUBLISH MY ARTICLE IN OTHER JOURNALS?
A: No article shall be published in any other journal or public forum without prior consent granted by the editorial board.
Q: WHEN DO I HEAR BACK ABOUT MY SUBMISSION?
A: For the Fall 2016 issue, the journal will be accepting and publishing submissions on a rolling basis. There is no set time by which we will get back to you after you submit, but we will always respond to a submission with either a confirmation or a rejection email.