What Writing Does and How It Does It: An Introduction to Analyzing Texts and Textual Practices

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 9/1/2003
  • Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau

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In What Writing Does and How It Does It,editors Charles Bazerman and Paul Prior offer a sophisticated introduction to methods for understanding, studying, and analyzing texts and writing practices. This volume addresses a variety of approaches to analyzing texts, and considers the processes of writing, exploring textual practices and their contexts, and examining what texts doand how texts meanrather than what they mean.Included are traditional modes of analysis (rhetorical, literary, linguistic), as well as newer modes, such as text and talk, genre and activity analysis, and intertextual analysis. The chapters have been developed to provide answers to a specified set of questions, with each one offering: *a preview of the chapter's content and purpose; *an introduction to basic concepts, referring to key theoretical and research studies in the area; *details on the types of data and questions for which the analysis is best used; *examples from a wide-ranging group of texts, including educational materials, student writing, published literature, and online and electronic media; *one or more applied analyses, with a clear statement of procedures for analysis and illustrations of a particular sample of data; and *a brief summary, suggestions for additional readings, and a set of activities. The side-by-side comparison of methods allows the reader to see the multi-dimensionality of writing, facilitating selection of the best method for a particular research question. The volume contributors are experts from linguistics, communication studies, rhetoric, literary analysis, document design, sociolinguistics, education, ethnography, and cultural psychology, and each utilizes a specific mode of text analysis. With its broad range of methodological examples, What Writing Does and How It Does Itis a unique and invaluable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and for researchers in education, composition, ESL and applied linguistics, communication, L1 and L2 learning, print media, and electronic media. It will also be useful in all social sciences and humanities that place importance on texts and textual practices, such as English, writing, and rhetoric.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(10)
Charles Bazerman and Paul Prior
1. Content Analysis: What Texts Talk About
Thomas Huckin
2. Poetics and Narrativity: How Texts Tell Stories
Philip Eubanks
3. Linguistic Discourse Analysis: How the Language in Texts Works
Ellen Barton
4. Intertextuality: How Texts Rely on Other Texts
Charles Bazerman
5. Code-Switching and Second Language Writing: How Multiple Codes Are Combined in a Text
Marcia Z. Buell
6. The Multiple Media of Texts: How Onscreen and Paper Texts Incorporate Words, Images, and Other Media
Anne Frances Wysocki
7. Tracing Process: How Texts Come Into Being
Paul Prior
8. Speaking and Writing: How Talk and Text Interact in Situated Practices
Kevin Leander and Paul Prior
9. Children's Writing: How Textual Forms, Contextual Forces, and Textual Politics Co-Emerge
George Kamberelis and Lenora de la Luna
10. Rhetorical Analysis: Understanding How Texts Persuade Readers
Jack Selzer
11. Speech Acts, Genres, and Activity Systems: How Texts Organize Activity and People
Charles Bazerman
References 341(16)
Author Index 357(6)
Subject Index 363

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