If I had to put together an introductory crash course grad seminar for compositionists interested in economics, here’s what the reading list might look like. (I’m particularly indebted to Julie Graham’s excellent Rethinking Economy seminar for pointing me to the sources in sections 4 and 5.)
J. K. Gibson-Graham, “Economy.” In Bennett, Grossberg, and Morris, New Keywords.
Lester Thurow and Robert Heilbroner, Economics Explained.
Henry Hazlitt, Economics in One Lesson.
Optional, but very highly recommended: Robert Heilbroner, The Worldly Philosophers.
2. Fundamentals, part 1:
N. Gregory Mankiw, Principles of Economics second edition, Chapters 1-7, 10, 11, 13-15, 18-24, 27, 28, 31-34.
3. Fundamentals, part 2:
Excerpts from Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Democracy.
Excerpts from Karl Marx, Capital, volume 1.
Yanis Varoufakis, Foundations of Economics. Absolutely essential.
Stephen Gudeman, “Chapter 1: Community, Market, and Culture.” In The Anthropology of Economy.
Timothy Mitchell, “The Object of Development: America’s Egypt.” In Power of Development, Jonathan Crush, ed.
Arturo Escobar, “Chapter 2: The Problematization of Poverty: The Tale of Three Worlds and Development.” In Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World.
Duncan Ironmonger, “Counting Outputs, Capital Inputs and Caring Labor: Estimating Gross Household Product.” Feminist Economics 2.3 (1996): 37-64.
J. K. Gibson-Graham, “The Economy,Stupid! Industrial Policy Discourse and the Body Economic.” In The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It).
Colin Williams. “A Critical Evaluation of the Commodification Thesis.” The Sociological Review 50.4 (2002): 525-542.
J. K. Gibson-Graham, “How do we get out of this capitalist place?” In The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It).
Fikret Adaman and Yahya M. Madra, “Theorizing the ‘Third Sphere’: A Critique of the Persistence of the ‘Economistic Fallacy.'” Journal of Economic Issues 36.4 (December 2002): 1045-1078.
Carl Shapiro and Hal Varian, Information Rules Chapters 1 and 4.
Andrew Feenberg, Transforming Technology Chapter 1.
Yochai Benkler, “Coase’s Penguin, or Linux and the Nature of the Firm.”Yale Law Journal 112 (2002).
Nick Dyer-Witheford, Cyber-Marx Chapter 2.
Lawrence Lessig, The Future of Ideas Chapter 1.
George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton, “Economics and Identity.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics 115.3 (August 2000): 715-753.
Excerpts from Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin, The Support Economy.
Excerpts from Edward Fullbrook, ed., A Guide to What’s Wrong with Economics.
Deirdre McCloskey, The Rhetoric of Economics.
Arthur Coon, “An Economic X Marks the Spot.” College English (October 1947).
James Berlin, “Postmodernism, the College Curriculum, and English Studies.” Chapter 3 in Rhetorics, Poetics, and Cultures.
Kelly Ritter, “The Economics of Authorship: Online Paper Mills, Student Writers, and First-Year Composition.” CCC 56.4: 601-631.
Min-Zhan Lu, “An Essay on the Work of Composition: Composing English Against the Order of Fast Capitalism.” CCC 56.1 (September 2004).
Bruce Horner, “Work” and “Writing.” Chapters 1 and 6 in Terms of Work for Composition.
So those are the major divisions, but given a fifteen-week semester, what I’d likely do would be to put a reading from the literature of composition appropriate to each week’s economic topic with the economic readings. So probably Coon would go with section 2, one of Ohmann’s pieces with section 3, Ritter with section 6 or section 7, Lu with section 4 or section 5: you get the idea.