ERIC Number: ED362897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Women Writing the Academy: Audience, Authority, and Transformation. Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series.
Kirsch, Gesa E.
Based on extensive interviews, this book investigates how women in different academic disciplines perceive and describe their experiences as writers in the university. The book focuses on: (1) the writing strategies of 35 women from 5 different disciplines (anthropology, education, history, nursing, and psychology) and 4 academic ranks (seniors, graduate students, and faculty before and after tenure); (2) their ways of establishing authority; and (3) the kinds of audiences they address in different disciplinary settings. The first chapter draws connections between two diverging literatures: the literature on women's roles in academic institutions, and the literature on the nature of academic writing. Chapter 2 lays out the design of the book and discusses the feminist principles that guide the research methodology. Chapter 3 examines how women establish their authority in order to write and speak as successful students and professionals. Chapter 4 addresses how writers construct representations of audiences and of themselves in their writing. Chapter 5 examines how women's presence as scholars in the academy has changed the nature of research across the disciplines. Chapter 6 points to a number of directions for future research and teaching. A list of interview questions is appended. Contains 168 references. (RS)
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Audience Awareness, College Faculty, College Students, Females, Feminism, Higher Education, Writing (Composition), Writing Research, Writing Strategies
Southern Illinois University Press, P.O. Box 3697, Carbondale, IL 62902-3697 ($12.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Conference on Coll. Composition and Communication, Urbana, IL.
Identifiers: Research Suggestions; Writing Contexts
Note: Foreword by John Trimbur.