Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition

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Gary A. Olson, Todd W. Taylor
SUNY Press, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 247 pages
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Eminent scholars discuss the politics and practices of generating scholarship in rhetoric and composition studies.

Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition is a collection of essays about the politics and practices of generating scholarship in rhetoric and composition. The contributors to this book, many of whom are current or past editors of the discipline's most prestigious scholarly journals, undoubtedly have their finger on the pulse of composition's most current scholarship and offer invaluable insight into the production and publication of original research. They discuss publishing articles and reviews, as well as book-length projects, including scholarly monographs, edited collections, and textbooks. They also address such topics as how composition research is valued in English departments, recent developments in electronic publishing, the work habits of successful academic writers, and the complications of mentoring graduate students in a publish-or-perish profession. An inviting and helpful tone makes this an ideal textbook for research methodology and professional writing courses.

 

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Contents

Entering the Professional Conversation
5
Joining the Conversation
19
Motives and Strategies for Writing Articles in Composition Studies
35
Person Position Style
47
Gender and Publishing Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition
57
Meeting Professional Expectations
75
Commodity Confinement Conundrum
89
A Scholarly Contribution and More
103
The Consequences of Theory for the Practice of Writing
147
ObservationBased Theory Building
163
An Open Letter to a Future Historian of Rhetoric
187
The Politics of Electronic Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition
197
Insights from Research in Psychology
211
Some Questions for Mentoring
229
Contributors
237
Index
241

Planning and Producing a Traditional Rhetoric Textbook
119
Editing Readers for FirstYear Writers
133

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About the author (1997)

Gary A. Olson is Professor of English and teaches in the graduate program in rhetoric and composition at the University of South Florida. His two most recent books are Women Writing Culture (with Elizabeth Hirsh) and Composition Theory for the Postmodern Classroom (with Sidney I. Dobrin), also published by SUNY Press. In 1993, the Council of Editors of Learned Journals presented Olson with the International Award for Distinguished Retiring Editor for his decade of work as editor of the Journal of Advanced Composition.

Todd Taylor teaches writing and composition theory at the University of South Florida, where he is senior editor as well as on-line editor of JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory.

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