Michael G. Moran

Wayne C. Booth

Kenneth Burke

Mikhail Bakhtin

Review


Students and scholars with an interest in contemporary rhetorical studies often question where they might seek an initial introduction to the writings of unfamiliar but important figures. This book endeavors to provide such an introduction to forty key thinkers in the field of rhetoric, with a particular emphasis on composition studies and rhetorical studies as conceived by American departments of English.

. . . For scholars in Communication Studies, especially those steeped in the American rhetorical tradition within that discipline, this book's greatest value may lie in its ability to present many of these figures not only coherently but also with enough depth and flavor to retain some of the power of their original works.

. . . 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.

Pat J. Gehrke, Penn State University
American Communication Journal 4.3 (2001)



Twentieth-Century Rhetorics and Rhetoricians


Edited with Michelle Ballif, this book collects critical essays on the major and many of the minor rhetoricians of the 20th century. Each essay begins with a brief biography of the figure followed by an analysis of his or her important works. The book also includes a critical introduction and a concluding bibliographical essay that collects the major research on the rhetorical theory of the area. The collection is now being translated into Chinese.

Selected Works

Fiction
A Nick Stirling novella published by Kindle Books
A Nick Stirling novel
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
Theory
This book collects new and classic essays in the growing field of the history of techical, commercial, and scientific communication.
Bibliographies
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.