Writing Matters

Writing Matters

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Anyone who laments the demise of print text would find a sympathetic listener in Andrea A. Lunsford. Anyone who bemoans the lack of respect for blogs, graphic novels, and other new media would find her no less understanding. Lunsford is at home in both camps because she sees beyond writing's ever-changing forms to the constancy of its power to qmake space for human agency--or to radically limit such agency.q Lunsford is a celebrated scholar of rhetoric and composition, and many undergraduates taking courses in those subjects have used her textbooks. Here she helps us see that writing is not just a mode of communication, persuasion, and expression, but a web of meanings and practices that shape our lives. Lunsford tells how she gained a new respect for our digital culture's three v's--vocal, visual, verbal--while helping design and teach a course in multimedia writing. On the importance of having a linguistically pluralistic society, Lunsford draws links between such varied topics as the English Only movement, language extinction, Ebonics, and the text messaging shorthand ql33t.q Lunsford has seen how words, writing, and language enforce unfair power relationships in the academy. Most classroom settings, she writes, are authority based and stress qindividualism, ranking, hierarchy, and therefore--we have belatedly come to understand--exclusion.q Concerned about the paucity--still--of tenured women and minority faculty, she urges schools to revisit admission and retention practices. These are tough and divisive problems, Lunsford acknowledges. Yet if we can see that writing has the power to help prolong or solve them--that writing matters--then we have a common ground.I dona#39;t know if you have seen the online language known as fat (short for aquot;eliteaquot;), but I was quite taken aback by it when ... But this kind of communication has caused yet another furor in schools where, once again, U.S. teachers are more often than not demanding aquot;standardaquot; English only. Headlines like aquot;Nu Shortcuts in School R 2 Much 4 Teachersaquot; have become common as writers and journalists take onanbsp;...

Title:Writing Matters
Author:Andrea A. Lunsford
Publisher:University of Georgia Press - 2007-01-01


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