Revisioning Writers' Talk: Gender and Culture in Acts of Composing

Revisioning Writers' Talk: Gender and Culture in Acts of Composing

by Mary Ann Cain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791420752

ISBN-13: 9780791420751

Pub. Date: 03/01/1995

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Stressing the social dimensions of composing, this book inquires into the problems of interpreting and representing writers’ talk in both academic and self directed writing groups, arguing for the value of such talk as a distinct mode of knowing that both complements and criticizes more traditional forms of inquiry. Emphasizing the role of writers’ talk in

Overview

Stressing the social dimensions of composing, this book inquires into the problems of interpreting and representing writers’ talk in both academic and self directed writing groups, arguing for the value of such talk as a distinct mode of knowing that both complements and criticizes more traditional forms of inquiry. Emphasizing the role of writers’ talk in shaping the text that they produce, it discusses the problem of representing and interpreting writers’ talk in the context of composition studies, using feminist theoretical perspectives to illuminate the difficulty in representing the writer as a knowing subject, neither essentialist nor totally constructivist.

Revisioning Writers’ Talk also investigates the idea of the social in social-constructivist theories of composing, arguing that they maintain rather than demystify hierarchies of discourse and, in turn, the subjects and objects of composing. Cain’s own story of composing is told in the context of her educational experiences as a writer. Finally, the book discusses the constructions of power and authority by both academic and self-directed writing groups.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791420751
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Series:
SUNY series, Literacy, Culture, and Learning: Theory and Practice Series
Pages:
215

Table of Contents

Preface

Writing the Subject: Representations of Experiential Knowledge

What is "Social" about Social Constructivism?

Composing Ourselves as Knowers: Women Writers in a Male Tradition

The Academic Class

The Self-Directed Group

Representations of Power

Epilogue: Writing, "That Old Classic"

Works Consulted

Index

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