Textual Dynamics of the Professions: Historical and Contemporary Studies of Writing in Professional Communities

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Overview

Textual Dynamics of the Professions is a collection of fifteen essays examining the real effects of text on professional practices—in academic, scientific, and business settings. Charles Bazerman and James Paradis describe textual dynamics as an interaction in which professional texts and discourses are constructed by, and in turn construct, social practices. In the burgeoning field of discourse theory, this anthology stands apart in its treatment of a wide range of professional texts, including case studies, student papers, medieval letters, and product instructions, and in the inclusion of authors from a variety of disciplines.
    Invaluable to the new pedagogical field of “writing across the curriculum,” Textual Dynamics of the Professions is also a significant intervention into the studies of rhetoric, writing theory, and the sociology of knowledge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299125943
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Series: Rhetoric of the Human Sciences Series
  • Pages: 309
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Bazerman is professor of education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author of eighteen books and over twenty edited collections, including Writing Across the Curriculum and Shaping Written Knowledge. James Paradis is Robert M. Metcalfe Professor of writing and humanistic studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is author of T.H. Huxley: Man’s Place in Nature and Samuel Butler: Victorian against the Grain-A Critical Overview.

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