Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition

Edited by Gary A. Olson & Todd W. Taylor

Subjects: English
Paperback : 9780791433966, 273 pages, March 1997
Hardcover : 9780791433959, 273 pages, March 1997

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Table of contents


J. Hillis Miller


Joining the Scholarly Conversation: Publishing Articles and Chapters

Breaking the Print Barrier: Entering the Professional Conversation

Christina Murphy

Publishing Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition: Joining the Conversation

Gary A. Olson

Scholarship and Teaching: Motives and Strategies for Writing Articles in Composition Studies

Richard C. Gebhardt

Person, Position, Style

Joseph Harris

Gender and Publishing Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition

Theresa Enos

Shaping the Conversation: Publishing Scholarly Monographs and Textbooks

From Dissertation to Scholarly Monograph: Meeting Professional Expectations

Maureen M. Hourigan

Getting Booked: Commodity, Confinement, Conundrum

Jasper Neel

The Edited Collection: A Scholarly Contribution and More

Gall E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe

Planning and Producing a Traditional Rhetoric Textbook

Michael L. Keene and Ralph F. Voss

Making Essay Connections: Editing Readers for First-Year Writers

Lynn Z. Bloom

Negotiating the Conversation: Examining Issues in Scholarly Publishing

The Consequences of Theory for the Practice of Writing

Thomas Kent

Observation-Based Theory Building

Linda Flower

Conducting Research in the History of Rhetoric: An Open Letter to a Future Historian of Rhetoric

James J. Murphy

The Politics of Electronic Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition

Todd Taylor

Work Habits of Productive Scholarly Writers: Insights from Research in Psychology

Robert Boice

Graduate Students as Active Members of the Profession: Some Questions for Mentoring

Janice M. Lauer



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.

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.


"This distinguished collection is the best book I know on how to publish scholarship in rhetoric and composition—and why one should. It will also have great value for those outside rhetoric and composition, since much of the advice and information is easily transferable. Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition, however, is far more than a "How To" book. It also marks a distinct stage in the professionalization of a discipline that is certain to become increasingly more important in the coming years. Moreover, this collection of essays by leading specialists in the field provides a remarkably comprehensive survey of what is going on in this field at the moment. " — J. Hillis Miller, from the Foreword