Also known as: "What I think I want to do for the next two years"
For my unbound master’s project, I intend to study the practical applications of rhetorical genre theory freshman composition classroom. More specifically, I want to examine the textual and extratextual facets that compose genres, especially academic writing. Furthermore, I wish to explore how composition instructors can use genre theory to help students develop an understanding of how and why academics write and the impact that written knowledge has in shaping the way we think and act. I believe that encouraging freshman writers to examine the social and rhetorical structures that inform academic writing will enable them to make informed decisions about how to adopt an academic style without losing the specificity of their own authorial voices.
Texts I Have Read
Bartholomae, David. “Inventing the University.” When a Writer Can’t Write: Studies in Writer’s Block and Other Composing Process Problems. Ed. Mike Rose. New York: Guilford, 1985. 134-165.
Bawarshi, Anis. “The Genre Function.” College English. 62:3. 335-360.
Bazerman, Charles. “Intertextualities: Volosinov, Bakhtin, Literary Theory, and Literacy Studies.” Bakhtinian Perspectives on Language, Literacy, and Learning. Eds. Arnetha F. Ball and Sarah Warshauer Freedman. Cambridge University Press: New York, 2004. 53-65.
Bazerman, Charles. “Life of Genres, Life of the Classroom.” Genre and Writing: Issues, Arguments, Alternatives. Eds. Wendy Bishop and Hans Ostrom. Boynton/Cook, 1997. 19-27.
Bruffee, Kenneth. “Collaborative Learning and the ‘Conversation of Mankind.’” College English. 46.7. 635-652.
Devitt, Amy J., Anis Bawarshi, and Mary Jo Reiff. “Materiality and Genre in the Study of Discourse Communities." College English. 65.5. 541-558.
Texts I Plan to Consult
Bawarshi, Anis. Genre and the Invention of the Writer. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2003.
Devitt, Amy J. Writing Genres. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2004.
Freedman, Aviva and Peter Medway, eds. Genre and the New Rhetoric: Critical Perspectives on Literacy and Education. Bristol: Taylor and Francis, 1994.
Miller, Caroline R. “Genre as Social Action.” Quarterly Journal of Speech. 70.2. 151-167.