Hi. I’m Mike Duncan, an associate professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. My Ph.D. is in Composition Studies (called Rhetoric and Composition elsewhere) from the University of Memphis, though I also teach courses in PW (Professional Writing).
Upon reading this blog, you will quickly discover my three main academic interests are stylistics, argumentation, and Early Christian rhetoric, although I should probably throw a few other things into that pile, such as professional writing, history and theory of rhetoric (classical, mostly), historiography, editing, grammar, genre theory, citation systems, usability, and manual design. I don’t restrict this blog to any specific subject, though; I may prattle on about old PC games, films, books, or my pets for weeks at a time.
Bibliography (published and forthcoming)
Duncan, Mike. “The Missing Rhetorical History Between Quintilian and Augustine.” Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric (forthcoming, 2016).
Duncan, Mike and Adam Ellwanger. “The Rhetoric of Moderation in Deliberative Discourse: Barack Obama’s December 1, 2009 speech at West Point.” Cogency 6.1 (2014): 63-90.
Duncan, Mike and Jillian Hill. “Termination Documentation.” Business and Professional Communication Quarterly 77.3 (2014): 297-311.
Duncan, Mike. “The New Christian Rhetoric of Origen.” Philosophy & Rhetoric 46.1 (2013): 88-104.
Duncan, Mike. “The Research Paper as Stylistic Exercise.” In The Centrality of Style, Ed. Mike Duncan and Star Medzerian Vanguri. West Layafette, ID: Parlor Press, 2013. 161-173.
The Centrality of Style, Ed. Mike Duncan and Star Medzerian Vanguri. West Layafette, ID: Parlor Press and WAC Clearinghouse. http://wac.colostate.edu/books/centrality/
Duncan, Mike. “The Curious Silence of the Dog and Paul of Tarsus: Revisiting the Argument from Silence.” Informal Logic 34.1 (2012): 83-97.
Duncan, Mike. “Polemical Ambiguity and the Composite Audience: Bush’s September 20, 2001 speech to Congress and the Epistle of 1 John.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 41.5 (2011): 455-471.
Duncan, Mike. “Questioning the Auditory Sublime: A Multisensory-Organic Approach to Prose Rhythm.” JAC (Journal of Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture) 31.3-4 (2011): 579-608.
Duncan, Mike. “Whatever Happened to the Paragraph?” College English 69.5 (2007): 470-495. Rpt. in Style in Composition and Rhetoric: A Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Paul Butler. Bedford St. Martin’s: Boston, 2009.
McCarthy, Phillip, and Adam Renner, Michael Duncan, Nicholas Duran, Erin Lightman, Danielle McNamara. “Identifying Topic Sentencehood.” Behavioral Research Methods 40.3 (2008): 647-664.
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