ERIC Number: ED351695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Literary Theory and Composition Practice.
Mikhail Bakhtin's literary theory, particularly his voice-oriented term, "heteroglossia," can easily be brought to bear on the teaching of voice in the composition classroom. Bakhtin not only likes the concept of voice, but at times even seems obsessed with it. The notion of heteroglossia suggests a diversity of discourses or voices, and denies the structural or reified version of language. An examination of a paper written by a college freshman demonstrates not only the typical "English paper voice" but also dramatic shifts in voice which reflect culturally encoded communications. In particular, at paragraph 5, the voice completely shifts to a more idiomatic and colloquial stance toward the audience. In short, this paper asks the reader to pose a number of questions concerning the teaching of voice in the composition classroom. Writing instructors must consider whether they want papers emerging strictly from a single voice, or if such manifestations of "heteroglossia" are to be discussed, allowed in student work, and/or valued. (A copy of one student essay is attached.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Composition Theory; Mikhail Bakhtin; Voice (Rhetoric)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992).