Michael G. Moran

Sample Topics Covered

Thomas Hariot and the Mapping of Raleigh's Virginia

History of Melancholia

Sprat's History of the Royal Society of London and the Plain Style

Joseph Priestley and the history of electricity

History of the Computer

Three Keys to the Past: The History of Technical Communication

Edited with Teresa Kynell Hunt, this book introduces scholars and students to the issues of doing historical research in professional communication. It begins with an introductory essay that outlines the various methodologies for that research and ends with an update of William Rivers' bibliography of the field. In between are essays that address various research issues using various research methodologies. Some contributions are classic, well-known essays from the field while others are newly-written ones for the book.


"The ONLY book of its kind that I have been able to find."

Susan Bitheimer

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.