Andrea Lunsford
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Andrea Lunsford

Andrea A. Lunsford is the Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) and the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English Emerita at Stanford University along with current faculty member at the Bread Loaf School of English. Lunsford received her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Florida and completed her Ph.D in English at the Ohio State University in 1977. Professor Lunsford has served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, as Chair of the Modern Language Association Division on Writing, and as a member of the MLA Executive Council.[1]


Lunsford, along with Lisa Ede, argues for collaborative writing and the ability for writers to work together and be rewarded for their work on the same level as singular writers.[2] Another important subject Lunsford has collaborated on is the role of audience in composition theory and pedagogy. Lunsford, again with Ede, strives to create a common ground between addressed and invoked audiences and the idea that an elaborated view of audience must balance the creativity of the writer and the creativity of the reader.[3] An important claim Lunsford has made in cognitivism is that cognitive mental faculties involved during composition are important. She states that the best way to encourage the writing process is through the use of workshops and discussions rather than traditional lecture styles.[4] Her best-known books are probably the undergraduate textbook Everything's an Argument and the scholarly anthology Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the History of Rhetoric.


  1. ^ Stanford University. "Humanities at Stanford." English Expert. Stanford University, n/a. Web. 01 Mar. 2014.< Archived 2014-03-06 at the Wayback Machine>
  2. ^ Ede, Lisa. "Audience Addressed/Audience Invoked: The Role of Audience in Composition Theory and Pedagogy." College Composition and Communication35.2 (1984): 155-71. JSTOR. Web. 05 Mar. 2014. <>.
  3. ^ Lunsford, Andrea; Lisa Ede (May 1984). "Audience Addresses/Audience Invoked: The Role of Audience in Composition Theory and Pedagogy". College Composition and Communication. 35: 155-171. doi:10.2307/358093.
  4. ^ Lunsford, Andrea. "Cognitive Development and the Basic Writer." College English 41.1 (1979): 38-46. Print.

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