LINGUIST List 12.1158

Fri Apr 27 2001

Books: Writing

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  1. Sean Hanrahan, Writing: Student Writing; Access, Regulation, Desire, by Teresa M. Lillis

Message 1: Writing: Student Writing; Access, Regulation, Desire, by Teresa M. Lillis

Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 11:59:28 -0400
From: Sean Hanrahan <>
Subject: Writing: Student Writing; Access, Regulation, Desire, by Teresa M. Lillis


Teresa M. Lillis, Open University, UK, STUDENT WRITING
Access, Regulation, Desire

"A theoretical and methodological coup! This book is
challenging but critical for anyone interested in widening
participation in higher education."
- Min-Zhan Lu, Drake University

Student Writing presents an accessible and thought-provoking
study of academic writing practices. Informed by composition
research from the US and academic literacies studies from
the UK, the book challenges current official discourse on
writing as a "skill". Lillis argues for an approach that
sees student writing as social practice. The book draws
extensively on a three-year study with ten non-traditional
students in higher education and their experience of
academic writing. Using case-study material - including
literacy history interviews, extended discussions with
students about their writing of discipline specific essays,
and extracts from essays - Lillis identifies the following
three significant dimensions to academic writing:
* Access to higher education and to its language and literacy
representational resources
* Regulation of meaning making in academic writing
* Desire for participation in higher education and for
choices over ways of meaning in academic writing.
Lillis' book raises questions about why academics write as
they do, who benefits from such writing, which meanings are
valued and how, on what terms "outsiders" get to be
"insiders" and at what costs.
		Routledge June 2001 304 pp 66 illustrations
		HB 0415228018 $90.00 �55.00
		PB 0415228026 $29.95 �16.99
Preface: Why Write This Book
Introduction: Focus and Research Background
1. Language, Literacy, and Access to Higher Education
2. Student Writing as Social Practice
3. Restricted Access to a Privileged Practice
4. The Regulation of Authoring
5. Essayist Literacy, Gender, and Desire
6. Dialogues of Participation
7. Re-thinking Student Writing in Higher Education
Appendix 1: Overview of Student-Writers
Appendix 2. Details of UK Examinations,
Qualifications, and Courses
Appendix 3. Data Collection and Transcription
Appendix 4. Feedback and Talkback Sheets
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