ERIC Number: ED247554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
Voice and Feeling in Academic Writing.
Voice can be considered as the writer's attitude toward the reader (the rhetorical function) and the writer's attitude toward the subject or object being written about (the epistemic function). Voice is expressed by such things as word choice, rhythm, sound, and juxtaposition of words and sentences. Moreover, the writer's attitude toward the subject is one aspect of the implicit set of assumptions and values that guide inquiry. Unfortunately, it is often this unheard voice--the unacknowledged feelings and attitudes--that inhibits the students' ability to become self-critical, analytic, dialectic, empathic, and synthetic. By considering voice as an important aspect of their writing, students can learn to distinguish among attitudes that convey negative or positive functions. Through an analysis of their own writing, students can discuss and discover what feelings are being expressed. By being fluent in the dialogues of feelings, wherein attitudes and voices challenge and modify each other, the students' writing can become an orchestration of many voices offering more complex interpretations and fuller explanations. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Voice (Rhetoric)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (73rd, Denver, CO, November 18-23, 1983).