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ERIC Number: EJ1061569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1522-7502
Crossing the Boulevard: The Action of Genre as Social Action
Devitt, Amy J.
Composition Forum, v31 Spr 2015
This article describes the author's first encounter with Carolyn Miller's "Genre as Social Action," and how the article opened the genre scholarship in rhetoric and communication, and led the author to integrate previous knowledge of linguistics and composition studies with communication studies and rhetoric more generally. Miller's article provided a theoretical conception of genre itself, rather than ever-shifting traits of particular genres, which explained why genre would matter so significantly. The insights of Miller's article enabled the author to pursue genre as an object of study itself, leading, eventually, to an interpretation of Miller's work, and of others', in "Generalizing about Genre." For "Genre as Social Action," see EJ299348. For "Generalizing about Genre: New Conceptions of an Old Concept," see EJ474184.
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Language: English
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