A Rhetoric of Literate Action: Literate Action Volume 1

  • rhetoric and composition, advice, writing strategies, multimodal, rhetorical theory

By Charles Bazerman
Copy edited by Don Donahue. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverThe first in a two-volume set, A Rhetoric of Literate Action is written for "the experienced writer with a substantial repertoire of skills, [who] now would find it useful to think in more fundamental strategic terms about what they want their texts to accomplish, what form the texts might take, how to develop specific contents, and how to arrange the work of writing." The reader is offered a framework for identifying and understanding the situations writing comes out of and is directed toward; a consideration of how a text works to transform a situation and achieve the writer's motives; and advice on how to bring the text to completion and "how to manage the work and one's own emotions and energies so as to accomplish the work most effectively."

Table of Contents

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Front Matter


Chapter 1. Rhetorics of Speaking and Writing

Chapter 2. Knowing Where You Are: Genre

Chapter 3. When You Are

Chapter 4. The World of Texts: Intertextuality

Chapter 5. Changing the Landscape: Kairos, Social Facts, and Speech Acts

Chapter 6. Emergent Motives, Situations, Forms

Chapter 7. Text Strategics

Chapter 8. Emergent Form and the Processes of Forming Meaning

Chapter 9. Meanings and Representations

Chapter 10. Spaces and Journeys for Readers: Organization and Movement

Chapter 11. Style and Revision

Chapter 12. Managing Writing Processes and the Emergent Text


About the Author

Charles Bazerman, Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the author of numerous research articles and books on the social role of writing, academic genres, and textual analysis, as well as textbooks on the teaching of writing.

Publication Information: Bazerman, Charles. (2013). A Rhetoric of Literate Action: Literate Action Volume 1. The WAC Clearinghouse; Parlor Press. https://doi.org/10.37514/PER-B.2013.0513

Publication Date: August 17, 2013.

ISBN: 978-1-64215-051-3 (pdf) | 978-1-64215-052-0 (epub) | 978-1-60235-473-9 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/PER-B.2013.0513 

Contact Information:
Charles Bazerman: bazerman@education.ucsb.edu

Perspectives on Writing

Series Editor: Susan H. McLeod, University of California, Santa Barbara

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