Michael G. Moran

Thomas Hariot

Hakluyt's Principall Navigations

Raleigh at Various Ages

Inventing Virginia: Sir Walter Raleigh and the Rhetoric of Colonization

Hilliard's limning of Raleigh.

Published by Peter Lang, SIR WALTER RALEIGH AND THE RHETORIC OF COLONIZATION, 1584-1590 examines the reports associated with the failed attempts in the 1580s to establish an English colony in present-day North Carolina.

The book evaluates the rhetoric of four major reports, including those written by Arthur Barlowe, Ralph Lane, Thomas Hariot, and John White, and various illustrations of Native Americans and maps of the region.

The book argues that a competition existed between Raleigh and Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth's Principall Secretary, on how to settle Virginia. Raleigh wanted to establish an agricultural colony while Walsingham wanted to establish a series of trading posts and find a route across North America to the Pacific Ocean and Cathay. This competition contributed to the failure of Raleigh's efforts that resulted in the famous Lost Colony of 1587.

The book is now available from Peter Lang and various online book stores.

John White's watercolor of Indian green corn dance.


"Moran (English, U of Georgia) discusses not the physical aspects of the English colony, but the manner in which Raleigh advocated for it, particularly in his reports to the throne. A main goal is to reveal the importance of technical, scientific, and commercial communication during the Renaissance."
--Reference and Research Book News

"Lo studio proposto da Michael G. Moran dimostra come la storia e le complesse dinamiche dell'avventura coloniale inglese in Nord America presenti ancora zone d'ombra sulle quali e possible indagare grazie al dialogo tra diversi sistemi ermeneutici."
--Elena Maramotte, Nuova Informazione Bibliografica 3/​07

"Michael G. Moran (Georgia) well tells the tale of Sir Walter Raleigh being given a patent from The Virgin Queen to settle a colony on Roanoke Island in Virgina....."

Selected Works

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Rhetorical Criticism
This book analyzes the rhetorical strategies used in the reports associated with Sir Walter Raleigh's attempts to found a colony on the Outer Banks of present-day North Carolina. It also examines the rhetorical strategies of the maps and ethnographic illustrations of the native Virginians the English colonists met.
Professional Biography
Using a biographical approach, this book examines Frank Aydelotte's career as one of the nation's most important English professors of the early 20th century."Moran has produced the definitive analysis of Frank Aydelotte's contributions to English studies written in the same vein as his excellent reference volumes."--Rhetoric Review
Reference Collections
"Essential....cannot be ignored." --Choice "a milestone in the progress of U.S. rhetoric studies in the twenty-first century." --Rhetorica
Edited with Michelle Ballif, this work collects introductory essays on the major and many minor rhetoricians of the 20th century. --"The editors have done a commendable job of identifying forty critical scholars and have amassed some of the best brief introductions to how these thinkers approach the study of rhetoric." --American Communication Journal --"this book should be welcomed as an efficient and helpful guide to twentieth-century rhetoric. Many a veteran scholar among us will also profit from consulting its neat summaries and assessments." —Rhetoric Review 20.3/4 --"highly recommended addition to the reference shelves." --Choice
"Informative and enjoyable to read." --Rhetoric Review
This book collects new and classic essays in the growing field of the history of techical, commercial, and scientific communication.
A collection of bibliographic essays. --"a classic in the field." Technical Communication --Won the National Council of English Award for the Best Collection of Essays in Technical Communication
A collection of bibliographic essays covering the fields of composition studies and rhetoric.
A collection of bibliographical essays that cover various aspects of basic and developmental English.