Genre and Writing: Issues, Arguments, Alternatives / Edition 1

Genre and Writing: Issues, Arguments, Alternatives / Edition 1

by Wendy Bishop
     
 

ISBN-10: 0867094214

ISBN-13: 9780867094213

Pub. Date: 10/30/1997

Publisher: Heinemann

The theory and criticism of genres of writing was once a stable, staid area of English studies, based largely on a fixed taxonomy of genres and on the tenets of formalism. But with the rise of different postmodern theories, work in sociolinguistics, and the influence of contemporary research, these notions are now under dispute. Wendy Bishop and Hans Ostrom's new

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The theory and criticism of genres of writing was once a stable, staid area of English studies, based largely on a fixed taxonomy of genres and on the tenets of formalism. But with the rise of different postmodern theories, work in sociolinguistics, and the influence of contemporary research, these notions are now under dispute. Wendy Bishop and Hans Ostrom's new book takes a broad look at the new concepts and applications of "genre," presenting several theoretical, critical, and pedagogical perspectives.

This collection includes many essays that explicitly concern and/or take into account student writing, including essays exploring links between "process" pedagogy and genre, and between social epistemic pedagogy and genre. Other essays explore the acquisition of genre familiarity; still others, the several possible social functions of genre. By design, these pieces often echo one another, or argue dialectically, in effect collaborating to pursue arguments and lines of inquiry about textual forms and functions.

An additional team of contributors wrote brief responses to some of the essays as a way of building conversation and dialogue into the structure of the collection, as a way of inviting readers to imagine their own responses.

To showcase these different perspectives, the editors have divided this volume into four sections, comprised of one to six essays each (some with responses), and three intersections where two essayists were paired because their texts either talked to, complicated, or illustrated one another.

Bishop and Ostrom state, "Our purpose in stretching and teasing academic writing is not to be clever just for the sake of cleverness; instead we believe that a collection on genre should sweep around its own back door, so to speak; also we know the stretching and teasing and conversing will multiply useful connections, the ones most of us are trying to make these days between our lived lives, our teaching, our scholarship, and our research."

Anyone trying to make connections of their own will find this book essential reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780867094213
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
10/30/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. ISetting the Scene: Genre and Composition1
1Preaching What We Practice as Professionals in Writing3
Pt. IIUnderstanding and (Re)Defining Genre17
2The Life of Genre, the Life in the Classroom19
3The Subject of Genre27
4The Yin and Yang of Genres37
5Genre as Language Standard45
6Boundary Rhetoric and Disciplinary Genres: Redrawing the Maps in Interdisciplinary Writing56
Response to Bazerman, Helscher, Peckham, Devitt, and Journet66
Pt. IIIThe Intersection of Politics and Genre: Race and Class Inside and Outside of Classrooms71
7White Purposes73
8Deep-Rooted Cane: Consanguinity, Writing, and Genre81
Pt. IVTelling Genres: Narratives of Literary History, Rhetoric, and Research91
9Countee Cullen: How Teaching Rewrites the Genre of "Writer"93
10The (Re)making of Genres: The Heian Example105
11Resisting Consolation: Early American Women Poets and the Elegiac Tradition115
12Genre as Relation: On Writing and Reading as Ethical Interaction125
13Narratives of the Novice: Genres of Naturalistic Research as "Storied Inquiry"135
Response to Jane Detweiler144
Pt. VThe Intersection of Politics Within a Genre: Autobiography, Feminism, and Teaching149
14American Autobiography and the Politics of Genre151
15Autobiography and Feminist Writing Pedagogy160
Response to Wendy Hesford172
Pt. VIGenre on Academic Sites: Students, Teachers, and Technologies177
16Situating "Genre" and Situated Genres: Understanding Student Writing from a Genre Perspective179
17The Territorial Demands of Form and Process: The Case for Student Writing as a Genre190
18Genre, Antigenre, and Reinventing the Forms of Conceptualization199
19Genre in Writing Workshops: Identity Negotiation and Student-Centered Writing215
20Postings on a Genre of Email229
Pt. VIIThe Intersection of Politics and Genre: Shares and Futures for Graduate Education249
21The Role of Writing in English Graduate Education and the "Nexus of Discourses"251
22Alternative Genres for Graduate Student Writing265
Works Cited276
Contributors306

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