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Genre in a Changing World

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Charles Bazerman, University of California, Santa Barbara

Adair Bonini, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Débora Figueiredo

Copyright Year: 2009

ISBN 13: 9781602351271

Publisher: WAC Clearinghouse

Language: English

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Reviewed by Sarah Jacobson, Instructor, Northern Virginia Community College on 6/20/17

As a reader, this text is a strong collection of scholarship on genre studies. I have come across many of the authors in my graduate work and this contains many important readings on the topic (ie Devitt, Bazerman, and Swales). I did not find an... read more

Reviewed by Emily Hall, Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro on 12/5/16

The textbook covers genre from multiple angles. The book could be easily adapted for a range of graduated level courses. I can see this book especially being used for Rhetoric courses in English departments or for Education courses, as the... read more

Table of Contents

  • Introduction, Charles Bazerman, Adair Bonini, and Débora Figueiredo

Part 1: Advances in Genre Theories

  • Worlds of Genre - Metaphors of Genre, John M. Swales
  • From Speech Genres to Mediated Multimodal Genre Systems: Bakhtin, Voloshinov, and the Question of Writing, Paul Prior
  • To Describe Genres: Problems and Strategies, Maria Antónia Coutinho and Florencia Miranda
  • Relevance and Genre: Theoretical and Conceptual Interfaces, Fábio José Rauen

Part 2: Genre and the Professions

  • Accusation and Defense: The Ideational Metafunction of Language in the Genre Closing Argument, Cristiane Fuzer and Nina Célia Barros
  • The Sociohistorical Constitution of the Genre Legal Booklet: A Critical Approach, Leonardo Mozdzenski
  • Uptake and the Biomedical Subject, Kimberly K. Emmons
  • Stories of Becoming: A Study of Novice Engineers Learning Genres of Their Profession, Natasha Artemeva
  • The Dissertation as Multi-Genre: Many Readers, Many Readings, Anthony Paré, Doreen Starke-Meyerring, and Lynn McAlpine

Part 3: Genre and Media

  • The Distinction Between News and Reportage in the Brazilian Journalistic Context: A Matter of Degree, Adair Bonini
  • The Organization and Functions of the Press Dossier: The Case of Media Discourse on the Environment in Portugal, Rui Ramos
  • Multi-semiotic Communication in an Australian Broadsheet: A New News Story Genre, Helen Caple
  • Narrative and Identity Formation: An Analysis of Media Personal Accounts from Patients of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Débora de Carvalho Figueiredo

Part 4: Genre in Teaching and Learning

  • Genre and Cognitive Development: Beyond Writing to Learn, Charles Bazerman
  • Bakhtin Circle's Speech Genres Theory: Tools for a Transdisciplinary Analysis of Utterances in Didactic Practices, Roxane Helena Rodrigues Rojo
  • The Role of Context in Academic Text Production and Writing Pedagogy, Désirée Motta-Roth
  • Teaching Critical Genre Awareness, Amy Devitt
  • Curricular Proposal of Santa Catarina State: Assessing the Route, Opening Paths, Maria Marta Furlanetto
  • Intertextual Analysis of Finnish EFL Textbooks: Genre Embedding as Recontextualization, Salla Lähdesmäki

Part 5: Genre in Writing Across the Curriculum

  • Exploring Notions of Genre in "Academic Literacies" and "Writing Across the Curriculum": Approaches Across Countries and Contexts , David R. Russell, Mary Lea Jan Parker, Brian Street, and Tiane Donahue
  • Genre and Disciplinary Work in French Didactics Research, Tiane Donahue
  • Negotiating Genre: Lecturer's Awareness in Genre Across the Curriculum Project at the University Level, Estela Inés Moyano
  • The Development of a Genre-Based Writing Course for Graduate Students in Two Fields, Solange Aranha
  • Written Genres in University Studies: Evidence from an Academic Corpus of Spanish in Four Disciplines, Giovanni Parodi
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  • About the Book

    Genre studies and genre approaches to literacy instruction continue to develop in many regions and from a widening variety of approaches. Genre has provided a key to understanding the varying literacy cultures of regions, disciplines, professions and educational settings. Genre in a Changing World,edited by Charles Bazerman, Adair Bonini, and Débora Figueiredo,provides a wide-ranging sampler of the remarkable variety of current work. The twenty-four chapters in this volume, reflecting the work of scholars in Europe, Australasia, North and South America, were selected from more than 400 presentations at SIGET IV (the Fourth International Symposium on Genre Studies), held on the campus of UNISUL in Tubarão, Santa Catarina, Brazil in August 2007—the largest gathering on genre to that date. The chapters also represent a wide variety of approaches including rhetoric, Systemic Functional Linguistics, media and critical cultural studies, sociology, phenomenology, enunciation theory, the Geneva school of educational sequences, cognitive psychology, relevance theory, sociocultural psychology, activity theory, Gestalt psychology, and schema theory. Sections are devoted to theoretical issues, studies of genres in the professions, studies of genre and media, teaching and learning genre, and writing across the curriculum. The broad selection of material in this volume displays the full range of contemporary genre studies and sets the ground for a next generation of work.

    About the Contributors


    Charles Bazerman, Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the author of numerous research articles and books on the social role of writing, academic genres, and textual analysis, as well as textbooks on the teaching of writing.

    Adair Bonini, Professor, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil.

    Débora Figueiredo

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