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New elective in practical rhetoric

In February 2020 Jed Wentz will start the new course 'Practical Rhetoric: public speaking according to historical sources'. Registration is now open!


This course of 10 interactive workshops will introduce you to practical didactic English texts on public speaking (oratory and acting) from the long 18th-century. Standing, walking, the use of hands and arms in speaking, vocal inflexion and facial expression will all be studied and put into practice, allowing you to gain confidence and control over your body when speaking in public.

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Semester 2, 2019-2020

The seminars and exam will take place on Wednesdays from 11.15-13.00 hrs.

Seminar dates:

5 February 2020
12 February 2020
19 February 2020
26 February 2020
4 March 2020
11 March 2020
18 March 2020
1 April 2020
8 April 2020

Exam date:

Wednesday 15 April 2020


Seminar location: Lipsius building, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden, room 208.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

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Reading list

Gilbert Austin, Chironomia (1806)
John Henley, An essay upon pronunciation and gesture (1750)
Aaron Hill, The art of acting (1754)
John Walker, The melody of speech delineated (1787)

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