ERIC Number: ED394155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Losing the Academic Voice and Reaching a Larger Audience.
Higgins, Mary Anne
Inspired by a writing group that met regularly in North Carolina, Alice Kaplan of Duke University decided to write a memoir at the age of 38. Practiced in the third-person perspective and schooled in a scholarly writing style, Kaplan found it difficult to write first-person narrative. The transition challenged her: she had not realized what an intellectual she had become, estranged from expressing her own emotions. In her four-part memoir, "French Lessons," Kaplan shares many emotional experiences with her readers as she recounts some painful incidents from her childhood and adult life. She succeeds in "breaking the fourth wall" or reaching her audience directly. The dramatic actor's metaphor is doubly appropriate to Kaplan because it is her passion for French that links her to her audience and her research to her teaching. In part 1, she recalls childhood memories; in part 2 her boarding-school years and first contact with French; in part 3 her life as a young scholar; and in part 4 her transition from student to teacher. Another scholar, G. E. Kirsch intereviewed 35 women about their writing preferences and styles. "Women Writing the Academy: Audience, Authority and Transformation" discusses their responses. Kirsch describes the major theme that emerged across the interviews: each respondent wanted to write for a larger audience. (Contains six references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Voice (Rhetoric)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).