A short response paper for English 600. I enjoyed the readings, and was pleased with the paper.
Although writing is often popularly portrayed as an individual’s solitary musings, Bruffee and Bazerman assert that writing is inherently social in nature and function. The process of writing invokes prior texts and contexts, and the product of writing speaks and delivers knowledge to the writer’s peers. Additionally, each author emphasizes the mediating effects of genre, but each focuses on different aspects of genre. Bazerman focuses on how written genres mediate the relationship between writer and audience. Bruffee, on the other hand, examines how generic relationships extend beyond the text, and how extra-textual relationships are crucial to inducting new members into the knowledge community.