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Genre and the Invention of the Writer: Reconsidering the Place of Invention in Composition (03 Edition)

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In a focused and compelling discussion, Anis Bawarshi looks to genre theory for what it can contribute to a refined understanding of invention. In describing what he calls "the genre function, " he explores what is at stake for the study and teaching of writing to imagine invention as a way that writers locate themselves, via genres, within various positions and activities. He argues in fact, that invention is a process in which writers are acted upon by genres as much as they act themselves. Such an approach naturally requires the composition scholar to re-place invention from the writer to the sites of action, the genres, in which the writer participates. This move calls for a thoroughly rhetorical view of invention, roughly in the tradition of Richard Young, Janice Lauer, and those who have followed them. Bawarshi is also keenly interested in the writing classroom. Instead of mastering notions of "good" writing, Bawarshi feels that students gain more from learning how to adapt socially and rhetorically as they move from one "genred" site of action to the next. He explores the major genres of the classroom (the syllabus, the writing prompt) as a way to introduce such an approach. He argues strongly and concretely for making the rhetorical art of adaptation central to first-year writing instruction, empowering students to navigate disciplinary and professional boundaries that await them beyond the writing classroom. A provocative and persuasive book, Genre and the invention of the Writer will be of interest not only to genre theorists but also to the writing teacher, the WPA, and those involved with WID/WAC programs.

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Bawarshi (English, U. of Washington) offers a sophisticated account of how genre theory can contribute to a refined understanding of invention in the writing process. In the classroom situation, he argues against mastering notion of "good" writing, asserting instead that students gain more from learning how to adapt socially and rhetorically as they move from one "genred" site of action to the next. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [186]-202) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874215540
Subtitle:
Reconsidering the Place of Invention in Composition
Author:
Bawaeshi, Anis S.
Author:
Bawarshi, Anis S.
Author:
Bawarshi, Anis
Publisher:
Utah State University Press
Location:
Logan, Utah
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Literary form
Subject:
Invention
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
GTR-527
Publication Date:
20030301
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
180
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 in 0.5 lb

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