A Rhetoric of Literate Action: Literate Action, Volume 1

SKU: 978-1-60235-473-9

Charles Bazerman

Perspectives on Writing Series (The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press)
Series Editor: Susan H. McLeod

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978-1-60235-473-9 (paperback, $27); 978-1-60235-474-6 (hardcover; $60); 978-1-60235-475-3 (Adobe ebook, $20) © 2014 by Charles Bazerman. 174 pages with notes and bibliography.

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Literate Action, in its two volumes, makes an indispensable contribution to writing studies.  Undertaken by one of the most learned and visionary scholars in the field, this work has a comprehensive and culminating quality to it, tracking major lines of insight into writing as a human practice and articulating the author’s intellectual progress as a theorist and researcher across a career.

“This volume—A Rhetoric of Literate Action—may be one of the most radical articulations of ‘the basics’ of writing ever offered.  In the face of a doggedly conservative instructional context that still treats writing skill as a matter of following the rules, the author excavates the much deeper psychological and sociological processes from which writing emerges and with which it must synchronize. . . .Attending to such elements as time, stance, and action, along with genre, intertext, process, and other elements, the work offers a generative vocabulary handy as both an inventional and diagnostic tool for ‘the sophisticated writer,’ as Bazerman calls the ideal audience for this work.  It is a refreshingly honest treatment of the difficult work of writing. It is filled with useful examples.”

Deborah Brandt

About the Author

Charles Bazerman, Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the author of numerous research articles and books on the social role of writing, academic genres, and textual analysis, as well as textbooks on the teaching of writing.


1. Rhetorics of Speaking and Writing  
2. Knowing Where You Are: Genre  
3. When You Are   
4. The World of Texts: Intertextuality  
5. Changing the Landscape: Kairos, Social Facts, and Speech Acts  
6. Emergent Motives, Situations, Forms  
7. Text Strategics   
8. Emergent Form and the Processes of Forming Meaning   
9. Meanings and Representations  
10. Spaces and Journeys for Readers: Organization  and Movement   
12. Managing Writing Processes and the Emergent Text  

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