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.
Carolyn R. Miller is SAS Institute Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Emerita, at North Carolina State University. She has published on rhetorical genres, rhetorical agency, and rhetoric of science and technology, and is co-editor of Emerging Genres in New Media Environments (2017). She has served as the president of the Rhetoric Society of America and editor of Rhetoric Society Quarterly. She is a fellow of the Rhetoric Society of America and of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing.
Amy J. Devitt is a writer, teacher, and scholar, and Professor of English and Chancellors Club Teaching Professor at the University of Kansas. Her books include Writing Genres (2004), Standardizing Written English: Diffusion in the Case of Scotland 1520-1659 (1989), and the co-authored textbook Scenes of Writing: Strategies for Composing with Genres (2004). Her most oft-cited articles include "Intertextuality in Tax Accounting: Generic, Referential, and Functional," and "Generalizing about Genre: New Conceptions of an Old Concept." More at https://www.amydevitt.com.