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Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research

edited by Maureen Daly Goggin and Peter N. Goggin

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In the course of research, most scholars have known moments of surprise, catastrophe, or good fortune, though they seldom refer to these occurrences in reports or discuss them with students. Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research reveals the different kinds of work scholars—particularly those in rhetoric, writing, and literacy—need to do in order to recognize a serendipitous discovery or a missed opportunity.

In published scholarship and research, the path toward discovery seems clean and direct. The dead ends, backtrackings, start-overs, and stumbles that occur throughout the research process are elided, and it seems that the researchers started at point A and arrived safely and neatly at point B without incident, as if by magic. The path, however, is never truly clear and straight. Research and writing is messy. Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research features chapters from twenty-three writing scholars who have experienced moments of serendipity in their own work—not by magic or pure chance but through openness and active waiting, which offer an opportunity to prepare the mind.

Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research illustrates the reality of doing research: there is no reliable prescription or one-size-fits-all manual, but success can be found with focused dedication and an open mind.

Contributors: Ellen Barton​, ​Zachary Beare​, ​Lynn Z. Bloom​, ​Jennifer Clary-Lemon​, ​Caren Wakerman Converse​, ​Gale Coskan-Johnson, ​Kim Donehower​, ​Bill Endres​, ​Shirley E. Faulkner-Springfield​, ​Lynèe Lewis Gaillet​, ​Brad Gyori​, ​Judy Holiday​, ​Gesa E. Kirsch​, ​Lori Ostergaard​, ​Doreen Piano​, ​Liz Rohan​, ​Ryan Skinnell​, ​Patty Wilde​, ​Daniel Wuebben


Maureen Daly Goggin is professor of rhetoric in and former chair of the Department of English at Arizona State University. She is author and editor of a dozen books including Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Studies, Meditating and Mediating Change, and Women and the Material Culture of Death.

Peter N. Goggin is associate professor in rhetoric (English) and a senior scholar in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. He is the editor of Environmental Rhetoric and Ecologies of Place and Rhetorics, Literacies, and Narratives of Sustainability) and author of Professing Literacy in Composition Studies. His articles on literacy, environmental rhetoric, and writing include publication in Composition Studies, Community Literacy Journal, and Computers and Composition. He is founder and co-director of the annual Western States Rhetoric and Literacy conference, which features themes on sustainability, culture, transnationality, and place.

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  • Paperback Price: $36.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60732-738-7
  • Ebook Price: $29.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $14.50
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-739-4
  • Publication Month: April
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Pages: 300
  • Illustrations: 9 black and white photographs
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Maureen Daly Goggin and Peter N. Goggin
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