Seminar in Genre Analysis
Taught in an electronic classroom, Genre Analysis will be guided by the theory and methodologies, primarily, of Swales and Bakhtin. Students will conduct what Swales calls textographies or studies of text and situation. In particular, we will examine the rhetoric of academia, science, media and law, both print and electronic. During the course, students will employ multi-methodologies to study text, including observation, discourse analysis, interview, and think-aloud protocols. We will also investigate academic writing and the development of academic language and literacy. The face-to-face course will incorporate online communication, as well as traditional writing processes and will explore rhetorical analysis as compared to genre analysis.