Landmark Essays on Rhetorical Genre Studies gathers major works that have contributed to the recent rhetorical reconceptualization of genre. A lively and complex field developed over the past 30 years, Rhetorical Genre Studies is central to many current research and teaching agendas. This collection, which is organized both thematically and chronologically, explores genre research across a range of disciplinary interests but with a specific focus on rhetoric and composition. With introductions by the co-editors to frame and extend each section, this volume helps readers understand and contextualize both the foundations of the field and the central themes and insights that have emerged. It will be of particular interest to students and scholars working on topics related to composition, rhetoric, professional and technical writing, and applied linguistics.
"In one volume we find RGS’s necessary historical contexts, the early innovations, and the pioneering applications to critique and pedagogy. With judicious curation and lucid framing, Miller and Devitt have given the field what it has long needed: ready access to the deep clear spring of its foundational texts – endlessly renewing, endlessly instructive."
–Dylan B. Dryer, University of Maine, USA
“Miller and Devitt’s indispensable new collection compiles essential reading for anyone interested in genre as a way to understand written communication. With its historical perspective and foundational texts, this book offers a rich resource for newcomers and experts alike.”
–Christine Tardy, University of Arizona, USA
"With its compilation of foundational historical and theoretical perspectives on genre and inclusion of richly varied, groundbreaking studies reconceptualizing genre, this book is an invaluable resource for scholars. Key features include critical attention to genre ideologies and innovative genre pedagogies. The book is truly a landmark, identifying and locating essential readings on RGS."
-Mary Jo Reiff, University of Kansas, USA
Table of Contents
Section 1 Foundations
Aristotle, "The Three Species of Rhetoric: Deliberative, Judicial, and Epideictic," trans. George A. Kennedy
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, "Form and Genre in Rhetorical Criticism: An Introduction" (1978)
Carolyn R. Miller, "Genre as Social Action" (1984)
M. M. Bakhtin, "The Problem of Speech Genres," trans. Vern W. McGee (1986)
John M. Swales, "A Working Definition of Genre" (1990)
Amy J. Devitt, "Generalizing about Genre: New Conceptions of an Old Concept" (1993)
Section 2 Systems and Interactions
Kathleen M. Jamieson, "Antecedent Genre as Rhetorical Constraint" (1975)
Charles Bazerman, "Systems of Genres and the Enactment of Social Intentions" (1994)
Anne Freadman, "Uptake" (2002)
Section 3 Culture, Ideology, Critique
Catherine F. Schryer, "Genre Time/Space: Chronotopic Strategies in the Experimental Article" (1999)
Anis S. Bawarshi, "The Genre Function" (2000)
Anthony Paré, "Genre and Identity: Individuals, Institutions, and Ideology" (2002)
Section 4 Teaching
Aviva Freedman, "Show and Tell? The Role of Explicit Teaching in the Learning of New Genres" (1993)
Sunny Hyon, "Genre in Three Traditions: Implications for ESL" (1996)
Elizabeth Wardle, "'Mutt Genres' and the Goal of FYC: Can We Help Students Write the Genres of the University?" (2009)
Landmark Essays is a series of anthologies providing ready access to key rhetorical studies in a wide variety of fields. The classic articles and chapters that are fundamental to every subject are often the most difficult to obtain, and almost impossible to find arranged together for research or for classroom use. This series solves that problem.
Each book encompasses a dozen or more of the most significant published studies in a particular field, and includes an index and bibliography for further study.
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