Writing 3: Rhetoric, Writing, and Research

Autumn 2000

Professor Andrea A. Lunsford Time: M/W @ 11:00 - 12:15

Office: 223 Margaret Jacks Hall (460) Place: Encina 202

Phone: 723-0682 Office Hours: T @ 9:00 - 11:00;

Fax: 723-0631 by appointment

Email: lunsford@stanford.edu

Class listserv: TBA

Professor Shirley Brice Heath Time: M/W@ 11:00 - 12:15

Office: 414 Margaret Jacks Hall (460) Place: Encina 108

Phone: 723-3316 Office Hours: T @ 9:00 - 11:00;

Fax: 493-8582 by appointment

Email: sbheath@stanford.edu

Class listserv: TBA

Goals of Stanford First-Year Writing

The goals of Stanford's first-year writing courses are simple to state: to guide you in writing strong academic and research-based arguments, using principles that will enable you to enter courses in many fields, analyze the discourses you find there and, on the basis of that analysis, begin to participate effectively in these other discourses, whether written or oral. More specifically, Writing 3 focuses attention on carrying out significant research and using it as the basis for a polished and persuasive research-based essay.

Class Description

Where there is language, there is rhetoric;

where there is rhetoric, there is persuasion..

- Kenneth Burke

This intensive first-year writing course provides a small group of students an opportunity to engage in critical reading and writing aimed at producing a major research-based argument on individual topics to be identified and refined in consultation with me. During this term, we will focus on the art and practice of rhetoric, one of the trivium of subjects taught, in the Western world, from the time of Plato to the present day. Rhetoric is one of the oldest of disciplines, yet many today think of it only in relation to its use in the popular press as "mere" rhetoric. We will develop our own definitions of the term as we explore the powerful uses of rhetoric in analyzing and producing discourse in any field of study.

This term, these two classes are paired; we will occasionally meet together. In addition, each of you will exchange drafts and other class-related work with one student in the partner class.

Course Texts

Plato, Phaedrus. Trans. James H. Nichols. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1998.

Covino, William A. The Elements of Persuasion. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1998.

Tey, Josephine. The Daughter of Time. New York: Simon and Schuster / Scribner, 1995.

Lunsford, Andrea and John Ruszkiewicz. Everything's an Argument. New York: Bedford

St. Martin's, 1999.

Lunsford, Andrea. The Everyday Writer, 2nd ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001.


Additional handouts from time to time.

Course Requirements

(Assignment sheets with specific instructions for each of your assignments will be distributed during the first weeks of class. Please create a three-hold punch notebook into which you can place all your handouts. You are responsible for keeping up with these!)

Reading: The course schedule below details the reading assignments for our course. Reading

assignments should be completed before the class on which they are scheduled.

Writing: Your work during this term will begin with your choice of a research topic, which we will refine together and which you will pursue throughout this quarter. Most of your assignments will be directly related to the completion of the final draft of your research-based argument, a 10- to 13-page exploration of a significant topic. Along the way, you will also prepare a number of shorter assignments (2-3 pages each):