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Susan Wells is working on a rhetorical analysis of Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy. Her most recent book is Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Work of Writing (Stanford University Press, 2010). Her interests include rhetorics of science and medicine, critical theory, theories of the public sphere, and feminism. Wells's book on nineteenth-century women physicians and scientific writing, Out of the Dead House, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2001, and won the 2002 W. Ross Winterowd Award for the most outstanding book in composition theory. She has also published Sweet Reason: Rhetoric and the Discourses of Modernity(Chicago, 1996) and The Dialectics of Representation (Johns Hopkins University, 1985).
Susan Wells teaches courses in the history of rhetoric, political rhetoric, early modern science and magic, and the rhetoric of science. She received the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001.
CV: Dr. Susan Wells
“Genres as Species and Spaces: Literary and Rhetorical Genre in
The Anatomy of Melancholy,” Philosophy and Rhetoric 47:2 (2014) 113-36
Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Work of Writing. Stanford, Calif:
Stanford University Press, 2010.
“Technology, Genre, and Gender: The Case of Power Structure Research,”
in Rhetorics and Technologies, Ed. Stuart Selber.
Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2010, 151-72.