A Call for Papers

Subject: A Call for Papers
From: "Julianne I. Jasken" <jijasken -at- MTU -dot- EDU>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 14:26:44 -0500

Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy, a
semi-annual journal focusing on reader-oriented approaches to texts, is
doing a special issue on reading and technical communication. Essays of
about 20-25 pages are welcome on topics that explore the conjunction of
reading and technical communication from theoretical or practical
perspectives. Some possible considerations might include: How does the
reading of technical documents differ from the reading of non-technical
ones? How is technical reading influenced by political and social
contexts? What are some strengths and limitations of readability studies?
What are some strengths and limitations of usability studies? How are
technical reading and technical writing related? What are some in which
reading can be emphasized in the teaching of technical communication? How
do print and electronic media affect the reading of technical documents?
What are some historical benchmarks in the development of technical
reading? What might be some productive future directions for technical
reading? What are some ethical concerns in the practice of technical

Send essays to Elizabeth Flynn, co-editor, Department of Humanities,
Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI
49930-1295 by April 15, 1999. Address questions to eflynn -at- mtu -dot- edu -dot-

Reader is also interested in receiving book reviews of about 3-5 pages on
books addressing reader-oriented concerns.

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