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ERIC Number: EJ1038719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7502
"Journalism, Poetry, Stand-Up Comedy, and Academic Writing: Mapping the Interplay of Curricular and Extracurricular Literate Activities": Re-Visiting a Theoretical Lens Five Years Later
Roozen, Kevin
Composition Forum, v30 Fall 2014
Published in a 2008 issue of "Journal of Basic Writing" ("JBW"), "Journalism, Poetry, Stand-Up Comedy, and Academic Writing: Mapping the Interplay of Curricular and Extracurricular Literate Activities" was Kevin Roozen's first single-authored publication. Drawn from data collected for the first case study from dissertation work, a five-year study of Charles Scott, Jr., an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the article examined the synergies between Charles's extracurricular journalism, poetry, and stand-up comedy and his literate activities for two courses during his initial semester at college. Based on Roosen's analysis of the data he had collected, the two documented narratives at the heart of the article elaborate Charles's use of textual practices from his experiences with extracurricular journalism, poetry, and stand-up comedy to successfully meet the literate demands of two of the introductory courses (Rhetoric 101 and Speech 101) he took during his first semester of college. To accomplish the analytical writing tasks for his Rhetoric 101 class, Charles appeared to draw upon practices developed from his earlier experiences with researching and writing news stories, namely using information from surveys as the basis for his journalistic pieces. To succeed at the speeches required for Speech 101, Charles redeployed practices he developed while performing stand-up comedy routines and giving public readings of his poetry. Roozen writes that his efforts on this article from its earliest drafts during his doctoral program through the revisions with the patient and truly talented editorial team at "JBW" taught him a great deal about how to structure an article-length argument, how to frame his work in light of relevant bodies of scholarship, and how to write up his analysis of the data he presented. In the years since it appeared in print, the article has continued to function as a key source of insight and inspiration for him.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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