Readings

This section features the required and recommended texts and assigned readings for the course.

Required Texts

Amazon logo Crowley, Sharon, and Debra Hawhee. Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Longman, 2003. ISBN: 9780321172761.

Amazon logo DiYanni, Robert. One Hundred Great Essays. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Longman, 2004. ISBN: 9780321276667.

Amazon logo Strike, Kenneth A., and Pamela A. Moss. Ethics and College Student Life: A Case Study Approach. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002. ISBN: 9780130931016.

Recommended Text

Amazon logo Strang, Steven. Writing Exploratory Essays. Mountain View, CA: New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1995. ISBN:9781559342629.

week # topics readings
1 Introductions Day 2

"Common Topics." Chapter 4 in Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. pp. 95-132.
2 Rhetoric, Invention, and Ethics Day 1

Plato. "Allegory." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 598-603.

"Ancient Rhetorics." Chapter 1 in Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. pp. 1-35.

Day 2

"Introduction." Chapter 1 in Ethics and College Student Life. pp. 1-11.

"Academic Integrity." Chapter 2 in Ethics and College Student Life. pp. 12-30.
3 Rhetoric and Speeches
4 Rhetoric and Ethics Day 1

"Sex, Relationships, and Power." Chapter 6 in Ethics and College Student Life. pp. 116-146.

Day 2

"On Getting a Life." Chapter 8 in Ethics and College Student Life. pp. 173-194.
5 Ethical Analysis and Ethos Day 1

"Loyalty." Chapter 5 in Ethics and College Student Life. pp. 92-115.

Mencken, H.L. "Portrait of an Ideal World." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 543-548.

Sanders, Scott Russell. "Under the Influence." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 634-648.

Day 2

"Ethical Proof." Chapter 6 in Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. pp. 163-204.

Dillard, Annie. "Jest and Earnest." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 251-256.

Gould, Stephen Jay. "Women's Brains." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 332-339.
6 Ethical Argument
7 Pathos and Style Day 1

"Pathetic Proof." Chapter 7 in Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. pp. 205-220.

King, Martin Luther, Jr. "Letter from Birmingham Jail." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 423-440.

Day 2

"Style." Chapter 11 in Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. pp. 278-315.

Bacon, Francis. "Of Studies." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 60-63.

Handout: Alice Walker's "Am I Blue?"

- Walker, Alice. "Am I Blue?" In Writing Exploratory Essays. pp. 453-457.
8 Rhetorical Analysis Day 1

Walker, Alice. "Beauty." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 762-771.

Baldwin, James. "Notes Native Son." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 70-90.
9 Rhetoric and Persuasion Day 1

Woolf, Virginia. "Death of the Moth." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 805-809.

Dillard, Annie. "Living Like Weasels." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 245-251.

Day 2

Handouts: Joy Williams' "Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp," and Francis Bacon's "Four Idols."

- Williams, Joy. "Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp." In Writing Exploratory Essays.

- Bacon, Francis. "Four Idols." In Writing Exploratory Essays .
10 Rhetoric and Satire Day 2

Swift, Jonathan. "A Modest Proposal." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 708-716.

Handouts: Woody Allen's "My Speech to the Graduates," and Mark Twain's "Was the World Made for Man?"

- Allen, Woody. "My Speech to the Graduates." In Writing Exploratory Essays, pp. 633-636.

- Twain, Mark. "Was the World Made for Man?" In Writing Exploratory Essays. pp. 394-398.
11 Rhetorical Analysis Day 2

Franklin, Benjamin. "Arriving at Perfection." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 301-306.

Lawrence, D.H. "On Ben Franklin's Virtues." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 473-477.

Thoreau, Henry David. "Why I Went to the Woods." In One Hundred Great Essays.
12 Rhetorical Strategies Day 1

Marx, Karl, and Friederich Engels. "The Communist Manifesto." In One Hundred Great Essays.

Machiavelli, Niccolo. "The Prince." In One Hundred Great Essays .

Day 2

"Tolerance etc." Chapter 3 in Ethics in College Student Life. pp. 31-65.

Hazlitt, William. "On the Pleasures of Hating." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 365-376.

Porter, Katherine Anne. "The Necessary Enemy." In One Hundred Great Essays. pp. 603-608.
13 Rhetoric of Personal Essays
14 Conclusion