March 14, 2006

Clark, "Genre"

What arguments can you line up in favor of or against the explicit teaching of genres? Are you affected by the evolution from positivist definitions of genre (Freeman and Medway)or more current views (Bawarshi? The Australian perspective? Freedman? ) How might Elbow and Bartholomae argue? What do you think?

Consider a genre that is typical in your discipline. What can you speculate about its development; that is, what function did it fulfill and what effect has it had on the discourse subsequently?

Is the Freirian/Villanuevan argument in favor of assigning personal narratives persuasive to you? Why/Why not?

Clark ends with a list of suggestions for incorporating students’ reflective use of /choice about genres. Is this advisable/feasible in your course?