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  • Bazerman, Charles. The Language of Edison's Light.
  • Bazerman, Shaping Written Knowledge: The Genre and Activity of the Experimental Article in Science.
  • Bazerman and Rogers in Handbook of Writing Research (2007): "Writing and secular knowledge apart from modern European institutions," and "Writing and secular knowledge within modern European institutions." For a student, these are great over-arching reviews of the literature that is currently out there.
  • Baake, Ken Metaphor and Knowledge: The Challenges of Writing Science (SUNY)
  • Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2005 & 2006
  • Brueggemann, Brenda Lend Me Your Ear
  • Ceccarelli, Leah Shaping Science with Rhetoric [usedin an advanced undergraduate Rhetoric of Science course.  It worked well (we read the Kuhn additionally).  Student teams each performed a mini-ethnography of a science department on campus to see how disciplines and institutions rhetorically construct what "counts" as knowledge and then presented their ethnography as a documentary film.]
  • Chicago Guide to Communicating Science
  • Condit, The Meanings of the Gene
  • Cooper, C. & Yukimura, D. "Science Writers’ Reactions to a Medical ‘Breakthrough’ Story."
    Social Science & Medicine 54 (2002): 1887-1896.
  • Doyle, On Beyond Living
  • Dombrowski, Humanistic Aspects of Technical Communication, Baywood, 1994.  It has chapters on Rhetoric of Science, Social Constructionism (-ivism), Feminism and Gender Studies in TC, and Ethics in TC.  Each chapter has an extensive and detailed summary to its area as well as two reprints of major articles by others.
  • Englehardt and Caplan, eds. Scientific Controversies
  • Fahnestock, Jeanne Rhetorical Figures in Science
  • Fahnestock, Jeanne. "Accommodating Science: The Rhetorical Life of Scientific Facts." Written Communication 3.3 (1986): 275-296.
  • Fleck, Ludwik  Genesis and Development of Scientific Fact. [A lesser known but excellent precursor to Kuhn]
  • Gadamer,H.G. Reason in the age of science
  • Gould, Stephen Jay, Bully for Brontosaurus
  • Gross, The Rhetoric of Science
  • Gross, Starring the Text
  • Graves, Heather Brodie Rhetoric in(to) Science.
  • Harding,Sandra The Science Question in Feminism.  
  • Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs, and Women.  
  • Halliday and Martin, the first section of Writing Science  
  • Harris (1997) has a Landmark Essays that's a decent survey (though now a decade old).  
  • Herndl and Brown. Green Culture: Environmental Rhetoric in Contemporary America (1996)
  • Hess
  • Hutchins, E. Cognition in the wild
  • Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions' for sure, and Scientific Controversies,  a collection of essays.
  • Kunda, G.Engineering culture
  • Landmark Essays on the Rhetoric of Science
  • Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and the Environment
  • Lay, Gurak, Gravon and Myntti, eds. Body Talk: Rhetoric, Technology, Reproduction
  • Lay, M. (1999). "Midwives’ Birth Stories: Narratives that Expand the Boundaries of Professional Discourse." In J.M. Perkins and N. Blyler, eds. Narrative and Professional Communication. Stamford: Ablex Publishing.137-150.
  • Latour, Bruno.  "Morality and Technology: The Ends of the Means."
    Couze Venn, trans. Theory, Culture, and Society.  19.5/6 (2002): 247-60.
  • Latour, Science in Action. Both get at the social construction of science and how that is largely based on methods of communication of scientific findings.
  • Latour, Biographies of Scientific Objects
  • Latour and Woolgar, Laboratory Life
  • Lynch and Woolgar, eds. Representation in scientific practice
  • Montgomery, Scott  The Scientific Voice looks at how scientific  practices are shaped by language and does so across a range of cultures.
  • Mulkay, M.. Science and the sociology of knowledge
  • Munger, R. (2000). "Evolution of the Emergency Medical Services Profession: A Case Study of EMS Run Reports." Technical Communication Quarterly 9.3. 329-346. http://www.attw.org/TCQarticles/9.3/9-3Munger.pdf
  • Nelson, Megill, McCloskey, 1987
  • Noble, D. Forces of production
  • Pickering, A. ed Science as culture and practice
  • Popper, Karl
  • Prelli, Lawrence J.  A Rhetoric of Science: Inventing Scientific Discourse (Univ. of SC Press,1989).
  • Prelli, (1997). "The Rhetorical Construction of Scientific Ethos." R. Harris, ed. Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science Case Studies. Hermagoras Press.
  • Sauer B. Rhetoric of risk
  • Scott, Risky Rhetoric: AIDS and the Cultural Practices of HIV Testing
  • Selzer, ed Understanding Scientific Prose
  • Simon, H. Sciences of the artificial
  • Simons, 1990;
  • Suchman, L.. Plans and situated actions
  • Technical Communication Quarterly (2005) devoted a special issue to current directions rhetoric of science
  • Toulmin, S. The philosophy of science
  • Wells, Out of the Dead House
  • Zerbe, Michael Composition and the Rhetoric of Science: Engaging the Dominant Discourse (Southern Illinois Press)
  • Other Notes:
  • Here is the link to Ken Baake's on-line syllabus, which also includes links to the reading schedule and the class bulletin board, with his lecture notes for each week. http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/baake/5384/online/text.doc

  • The "literature versus science" debate between Matthew Arnold and TH Huxley is quite helpful in terms of placing the current science/culture divide (and so is CP Snow), and since the 19th century pieces are oriented to oration, there's a lot of room to read the rhetorical practices.  There's also a great new "Literature and Science" series that gathered important pre-1800 texts in science, with volumes orgainzed by theme (physical science, biology, etc), and on-line classics libraries have tons of really early texts (Arostotle, Galen, Democritus) in translation.

  • Rhetoric of Incommensurability, Randy Harris, Ed. ( 2005). Perspectives from people in rhetoric and composition including Charles Bazerman, Carolyn Miller, Jeanne Fahnestock, Alan Gross, and others.
  • Bizzell, Patricia. "Classroom Authority and Critical Pedagogy."
    American Literary History 3.4 (1991):  847-863.
  • Ebert, Teresa. "For A Red Pedagogy: Feminism, Desire, and Need."
    College English 58.7 (1996): 795-819.
  • Finke, Laurie. "Knowledge As Bait: Feminism, Voice, and the Pedagogical Unconscious."
    College English 55.1 (1993):  7-27.
  • Fiore, Kyle and Nan Elasser. "’Strangers No More’: A Liberatory Literacy Curriculum."
    College English 44.2 (1982): 115-128.
  • Freire, Paulo. Education for Critical Consciousness. New York: Seabury Press, 1973.
    Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Trans. Myra Bergman Ramos. New York: Seabury Press, 1970.
  • Giroux, Henry.  "Border Pedagogy and the Politics of Modernism/Postmodernism." Journal of Architectural Education 44.2 (1991):  69-79.
  • Hooks, Bell. Feminist Theory From Margin To Center.  2nd ed.
    Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2000. 108-116.
  • King, Joyce.  "Dysconscious Racism: Ideology, Identity, and the Miseducation of Teachers."
    Journal of Negro Education 60.2 (1991): 133-146.
  • Maher, Jennifer Helene.  "Invitational Interaction: A Process for Reconciling the Teacher/Student Contradiction."
    Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature 56.1  (2002): 85-93.
  • Paine, Charles. "Relativism, Radical Pedagogy, and the Ideology of Paralysis."
    College English
    51.6 (1989): 557-570.
  • Miller, Richard. "The Arts of Complicity: Pragmatism and the Culture of Schooling."
    College English 61.1 (1998): 10-28.
  • Ronald, Kate and Hephzibah Roskelly. "Untested Feasibility: Imagining the Pragmatic Possibility of Paulo Friere."
    College English 63.5 (2002):  612-632.
  • Stenberg, Shari. "Liberation Theology and Liberatory Pedagogies: Renewing the Dialogue."
    College English 68.3 (2006):  271-290.
  • Yagelski, Robert. "The Ambivalence of Reflection: Critical Pedagogies, Identity, and the Writing Teacher."
    College Composition and Communication 51.1 (1999): 32-50.