Talk, Tools, and Texts: A Logic-in-Use for Studying Lifespan Literate Action Development

  • Pedagogy, Writing

By Ryan J. Dippre
Copy edited by Don Donahue. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverTalk, Tools, and Texts tackles a perplexing issue: how can we envision writing as developing throughout a lifetime, from the first purposeful marks made on paper to the last? How can we make accounts of writing development that keep the complexity of our lives in mind while also providing useful insight to researchers, teachers, and writers?

Drawing on eleven accounts of writers at different points in the lifespan (ages 12 to 80) and in different social circumstances (from a middle-school classroom to a bird-sanctuary newsletter), Talk, Tools, and Texts constructs a “logic-in-use” for following writers and their writing development at a variety of points in the lifespan. It also offers several strategies scholars can use in pursuit of their own research into lifespan writing.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter


Introduction. Seeing Literate Action with a Lifespan in Mind

Part I. Transformations Amid Recurrence

Chapter 1. Respecifying Literate Action Development Ethnomethodologically

Chapter 2. The Haecceitic Production of Writing in Emily’s Classroom

Chapter 3. The Possibilities of Objects: An Individuated Perspective

Chapter 4. Building Lifeworlds, Developing Literate Action

Chapter 5. The Totality of the Literate Experience

Part II. Tracing Development through the Totality

Chapter 6. Problematizing Transfer and Exploring Agency

Chapter 7. Circulating Agency and Emergent Identities

Chapter 8. Complicating Agency and Identity in a Moment

Conclusion. Renovating Our Worlds


About the Author

Ryan J. Dippre is Assistant Professor of English and Director of College Composition at the University of Maine. He has published in Literacy in Composition Studies and Networks: An On-line Journal for Teacher Research as well as in edited collections. He serves as the co-chair of the Writing through the Lifespan Collaboration, a group of international scholars interested in developing a multi-site, multi-method, multi-generational study of writing through the lifespan. He lives with his wife and son in Bangor, Maine.

Publication Information: Dippre, Ryan J. (2019). Talk, Tools, and Texts: A Logic-in-Use for Studying Lifespan Literate Action Development. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

ISBN: 978-1-64215-038-4 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-039-1 (ePub) | 978-1-64642-025-4 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2019.0384

Digital Publication Date: December 16, 2019
Print Publication Date: August 2020

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Practices & Possibilities

Series Editors: Nick Carbone, Carbone Research and Writing, and Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University
Associate Editors: Karen-Elizabeth Moroski, Penn State University; Aimee Taylor, Clarke University; and Aleashia Walton, University of Cincinnati)

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