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Alan Gross, Rhetorical Theory and the Rhetoric of Science
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A Special Issue of POROI, the Journal of the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry
The rhetoric of science, as a field, has established itself as a subfield of communication studies, a sister field of technical communication studies, and a partner to science and technology studies. It is, in other words, thoroughly embedded in the American university context. While it would be fair to say that the field was built by a polyphony of voices (John Angus Campbell, Lawrence Prelli, Charles Bazerman, Jeanne Fahnestock, William Keith), for this special issue of POROI, we drawn one of those voices to the fore: Alan G. Gross, on the 25th anniversary of the publication of his monograph, The Rhetoric of Science.
The voice of Alan G. Gross is, itself, diverse and capable of its own polyphony. Central texts have defined a research agenda in the rhetoric of science (Rhetoric of Science, Communicating Science and others). Still others have worked in the history and theory of rhetoric (Chaim Perelman, Rereading Aristotle's Rhetoric). Threaded throughout Alan's career has been an interest in rhetorical studies of other discourses of power, beyond scientific discourse (for one example of many, see: "When Nations Remember: Hiroshima in the American Consciousness and Conscience." Prospects 27 (2002): 467-88). It is our goal to critically reassess Gross's contribution to the rhetoric of science and the project for a rhetoric of inquiry. It is also our goal to understand that reducing Gross's work to "just" a contribution, even a foundational one, to the rhetoric of inquiry is to see Gross's larger project as a rhetorical critic and theorist through too-narrow blinders.
For this special issue of POROI, we seek submissions of three types:
Timeline: Critical Engagements (Editorial Review Only)
Timeline: Full-Length Articles (Both Editorial and Blind Peer Review)