Richard Graff

Associate Professor of Rhetoric • Department of Writing Studies

Department of Writing Studies                                                

Room 221 NCCE

315 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455


    • History and theory of rhetoric
    • Classical rhetoric
    • Style theory, stylistics
    • Rhetoric and performance
    • History of rhetoric education


    • Ph.D. Communication Studies/Rhetoric, Northwestern University
    • M.A.  Communication Studies/Rhetoric, Northwestern University
    • B.A.   English, University of California-Berkeley

Selected Publications


    Graff, Richard, Arthur E. Walzer, and Janet M. Atwill, eds. The Viability of           the Rhetorical Tradition.  Albany: SUNY Press, 2005. 

    Book Chapters & Journal Articles

    Graff, Richard, and Wendy Winn.  “Kenneth Burke’s Identification and                Chaïm Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca’s Communion: A Case          of Convergent Evolution?”  In The Promise of Reason: Studies in              The New Rhetoric. Ed. John T. Gage. Carbondale: Southern Illinois            UP, 2011. 103-133.

    Graff, Richard. “Topoi/Topics.” In Rhetorik und Stilistik/Rhetoric and                    Stylistics, vol. 1. Ed. Ulla Fix, Andreas Gardt, and Joachim Knape.          Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2008.  717-727.

    Ritivoi, Andreea Deciu, and Richard Graff. “Rhetoric and Modern Literary            Theory.”  In Rhetorik und Stilistik/Rhetoric and Stylistics, vol. 1. Ed.          Ulla Fix, Andreas Gardt, and Joachim Knape.  Berlin/New York:                Mouton de Gruyter, 2008.  944-958.

    Graff, Richard, and Wendy Winn.  “Presencing ‘Communion’ in Chaïm                Perelman’s New Rhetoric.”  Philosophy & Rhetoric 39.1 (2006):                  45-71.  

    Graff, Richard, and Michael Leff.  “Revisionist Historiography and                      Rhetorical Tradition(s).”  In The Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition.            Ed. R. Graff, A. E. Walzer, and J. M. Atwill.  Albany:  SUNY Press,          2005. 11-30.

    Bruss, Kristine, and Richard Graff. "Style, Character, and Persuasion in              Aristotle’s Rhetoric." Advances in the History of Rhetoric 8 (2005):            39-72.

    Graff, Richard. “Prose versus Poetry in Early Greek Theories of Style.“               Rhetorica 23 (2005): 303-335.

    Graff, Richard. “Reading and the 'Written Style' in Aristotle's Rhetoric."              Rhetoric Society Quarterly 31 (2001): 19-44.

Courses Taught

    • WRIT 8510     Seminar in Rhetoric:  Rhetorical Stylistics
    • WRIT 5775     Rhetorical Tradition:  Classical Period
    • WRIT 5776     Rhetorical Tradition:  Modern Era
    • WRIT 3221W  Communication Modes & Methods