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ERIC Number: ED308497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Reflexive Process and the Developing Writer.
Davidson, Phebe; Stephen, Naomi
Revision, based on a grasp of intertextuality (the relation of texts to one another and the writer's locus relative to her own text and the text of others) and the social nature of all discourse, is a larger process that can be observed in any single piece of writing. This larger conception of revision is a natural outgrowth of "reflexive" or "self-referential" writing--writing in which the writer is constantly defining herself or himself through the act of writing. By doing so, developing writers become aware of themselves and their own positions relative to the discourse community which they must join. A serial reading of texts (nine writing assignments) produced successively over the course of a semester by the same student illustrates this development. A significant repetitive pattern within these assignments is the emphasis on self-referentiality. The implicit pedagogical expectation is that she will perforce internalize the corollary texts and learn to manipulate the conventions at work in her own text, rather than remain subservient to them. The importance of reflexive techniques in personal narrative assignments is that even as the writer is asked to revise her experience in light of new contexts, she is also required to revise her vision of herself. Yet a shift from the narrative to exposition is crucial for a developing writer. An authorial self emerges, created through the reflexive process of revising not merely text but also the writer's position in the social and discourse communities. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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