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ERIC Number: EJ788571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 31
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
Personal Genres, Public Voices
Danielewicz, Jane
College Composition and Communication, v59 n3 p420-450 Feb 2008
Writing in personal genres, like autobiography, leads writers to public voices. Public voice is a discursive quality of a text that conveys the writer's authority and position relative to others. To show how voice and authority depend on genre, I analyze the autobiographies of two writers who take opposing positions on the same topic. By producing texts in genres with recognizable social functions, student writers gain agency. (Contains 23 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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