Tim Peeples has a book coming out with Longman in April called Professional Writing and Rhetoric: Readings from the Field. I've copied the table of contents below.
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Table of Contents
Each chapter begins with “Introduction” and concludes with “Projects.”
I. DEFINING THE FIELD.
1. What Is Rhetoric?
Sonja K. Foss, Karen A. Foss, and Robert Trapp. “Perspectives on the Study of Rhetoric.”
Aristotle. On Rhetoric, Book 1, Chapters 1-3. Trans. George A. Kennedy.
Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics, excerpts from Book VI. Trans. David Ross.
Cicero. Rhetorica Ad Herennium, excerpts from Book I. Trans. Harry Caplan.
2. What Is the Relationship Between Professional Writing and Rhetoric?
Lester Faigley. “Nonacademic Writing: The Social Perspective.”
Carolyn Miller. “What's Practical About Technical Writing?”
Susan Harkness Regli. “Whose Ideas?: The Technical Writer's Expertise in Invention.”
J. Slack et al. “The Technical Communicator as Author: Meaning, Power, Authority.”
II. PROFESSIONAL WRITING AS A SOCIAL PRACTICE.
3. Professional Writing as Organizationally Situated Action.
Linda Driskell. “Understanding the Writing Context in Organizations.”
Susan M. Katz. “Writing Review as an Opportunity for Individuation.”
Rachel Spilka. “Orality and Literacy in the Workplace: Process- and Text-Based Strategies for Multiple-Audience Adaptation.”
4. Professional Writing as Ethical Action.
Cezar M. Ornatowski. “Between Efficiency and Politics: Rhetoric and Ethics in Technical Writing.”
Steven B. Katz. “The Ethic of Expediency: Classical Rhetoric, Technology, and the
James E. Porter. “Framing Postmodern Commitment and Solidarity.”
5. Professional Writing as Technologically Situated Action.
James R. Kalmbach. “Publishing Before Computers.”
Stephen A. Bernhardt. “The Shape of Texts to Come: The Texture of Print on Screens.”
Tharon W. Howard. “Who 'Owns' Electronic Texts?”
III. PROFESSIONAL WRITING AS PRODUCTIVE ART.
6. Professional Writers Produce User-Centered Documents.
Charles Kostelnick. “A Systemic Approach to Visual Language in Business
Robert J. Johnson. “When All Else Fails, Use the Instructions: Local Knowledge,
Negotiation, and the Construction of User-Centered Computer Documentation.”
Michael J. Floreak. “Designing for the Real World: Using Research to Turn a 'Target
Audience' into Real People.”
7. Professional Writers Produce Social Space.
M. Jimmie Killingsworth and Betsy G. Jones. “Division of Labor or Integrated Teams: A Crux in the Management of Technical Communication?”
Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart A. Selber. “After Automation: Hypertext and Corporate Structures.”
Jeffrey T. Grabill and Michele W. Simmons. “Toward a Critical Rhetoric of Risk
Communication: Producing Citizens and the Role of Technical Communicators.”
IV. BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL WRITER.
8. Writing Yourself into Professional Writing and Rhetoric.
Chris M. Anson and L. Lee Forsberg. “Moving Beyond the Academic Community:
Jamie MacKinnon. “Becoming a Rhetor: Developing Writing Ability in a Mature,
Patrick Dias, et al. “Virtual Realities: Transitions from University to Workplace Writing.”
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> I recently received the rare good news that our department has a significant budget for library acquisitions this year. The catch is that we need to come up with a list of titles to match the amount before January. I have a partial list, but I worry that in the rush to decide I’ll miss important scholarly studies or textbooks. The last time I went through a similar exercise was in 1999, and we acquired a few important titles. If you can think of books on business or technical communication (oral and written) or writing pedagogy published after 1998 that you think are valuable resources, please send/post your suggestions. I’m sure that multiple perspectives on what texts are worth recommending will be as helpful to me as the titles themselves.
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