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ISBN-13: 978-0195157055 ISBN-10: 0195157052

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195157052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195157055
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Johnson-Eilola and Selber do a superb job at canvassing both historic and current foundational works in a wide variety of specialty areas that, over time and collectively, have defined and shaped our field. Their coherent, single-volume collection of the most influential articles in the field is destined to become an invaluable resource for advanced technical communication students, newcomers to the field, veterans in the field, and practitioners."--Rachel Spilka, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee


"Central Works in Technical Communication is exactly the right name for this collection. Johnson-Eilola and Selber have gathered a broad, even-handed sampling of some of the best works in our field: those dog-eared articles that are scattered throughout our journals and books and filing cabinets, the ones we pull out when we want to touch base with our field--and introduce it to others."--Clay Spinuzzi, University of Texas at Austin


"I could see actually restructuring my course to reflect the topics used to organize this book."--Jimmie Killingsworth, Texas A&M University


About the Author

Johndan Johnson-Eilola is at Clarkson University. Stuart Selber is at Pennsylvania State University.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Veltsos on November 14, 2007
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When I first read this book four years ago in a graduate-level course in rhetoric and professional communication, I admit that I was out of my depth. I didn't know who any of the writers were and I thought academic journal articles were really tough to read. Now I'm working on a dissertation in professional communication and I've realized that most of the articles in this book are in my reading list and will end up in my literature review. The articles have been reprinted in their entirety and each one is prefaced with a reflection by the author.

If you are teaching a grad-level class in professional communication theory or writing and analyzing professional documents, then this is the book you need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Sprankle on December 10, 2010
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I'm a graduate student halfway through a Master's program in Technical Communication, and this was a required textbook for one of the program's core classes. I definitely won't be reselling this one; I was surprised at how many articles in the book I had seen referenced elsewhere. While some of the articles are a bit wordy and dense, and are getting a bit dated, I think this book will be an important resource for my future classes. Looking forward to the sequel!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory on December 19, 2009
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Many of the articles in the collection are becoming dated, but that does not take away their foundational role in the creation and furthering of Tech Comm as a field. I am glad to own the book, and it's price is pretty reasonable considering just how many foundational articles are in here. It's like having 25 of the most important journals all packaged in one book. One of its equally important peer collections, Power and Legitimacy (Vol 1 & 2), is absurdly priced. For a PhD student like me, the high pricing means I'll go seek out PDF copies of those articles. The pricing on Central Works makes it accessible.

There are a few problems with CW, but those are with the actual printing of the book. Problem 1: mediocre binding; at least several of my pages started to fall out, and I treat my book with respect. I expect Oxford to produce solidly bound books, not books that remind me of cheapo Penguin reading copies. Problem 2: the paper should be on a better, heavier stock. The current stock is a bit flimsy, notes/marks easily show through the pages, and it didn't feel solid. For an anthology like this, something that could and SHOULD literally last and serve on a practitioner's as well as an academic's shelf for 10 years, more care needs to be put into the production and binding.

The reflective essays which introduce the articles are useful and interesting in most cases; however, a few authors left me asking, "Why'd you bother if you now disdain your own work?" The TOC and alternative thematic/topical sorting were very useful.

It would be nice if the editors would compile a second volume of more current articles.
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For academics either in or entering the technical/professional writing field, this book offers a comprehensive review of the field via articles written by canonical experts within it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duke on April 13, 2013
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This book is very helpful for anyone who wants a solid collection of articles related to technical communication. However, (somewhat ironically considering the scope of tech comm!) the book is not very well or clearly organized. My problem with the layout was I wish that the book provided a clear table of contents....instead the book has the articles organized by topic. That sounds fine in theory but I often found that an article could easily fit into multiple categories and as a result I had a hard time locating pieces I read. Anyhow, the collection is pretty good but you honestly can probably locate all the articles in "Central Works" online via databases. I hate to say this but all the book is just a collection of articles that were published elsewhere.
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