Vernacular Eloquence What Speech Can Bring to Writing

Vernacular Eloquence
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780199782512
  • Druk: 1
  • februari 2012
  • 456 pagina's
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Since the publication of his groundbreaking books Writing Without Teachers and Writing with Power, Peter Elbow has revolutionized the way we think about writing. As a theorist, teacher, and uncommonly engaging writer himself, he has long championed our innate ability to write effectively. Now, in Vernacular Eloquence, Elbow turns his attention to the role of the spoken word in writing. He begins by questioning the basic cultural assumption that speaking and writing are two very different, incompatible modes of expression, and that we should keep them separate. The book explores the many linguistic and rhetorical virtues of speech-spontaneity, naturalness of expression, fluidity of thought-to show that many of these virtues can usefully be brought to writing. Elbow suggests that we begin the writing process by speaking our words onto the page, letting the words and ideas flow without struggling to be correct. Speaking can help us at the later stages of writing, too, as we read drafts aloud and then revise until the language feels right in the mouth and sounds right in the ear. The result is stronger, clearer, more natural writing that avoids the stilted, worried-over quality that so often alienates (and bores) the reader. Elbow connects these practices to a larger theoretical discussion of literacy in our culture, arguing that our rules for correct writing make it harder than necessary to write well. In particular, our culture's conception of proper writing devalues the human voice, the body, and the linguistic power of people without privilege. Written with Elbow's customary verve and insight, Vernacular Eloquence shows how to bring the pleasures we all enjoy in speaking to the all-too-often needlessly arduous task of writing.

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Engels
Bindwijze
Paperback
Druk
1
Verschijningsdatum
februari 2012
Afmetingen
23,5 x 15,9 x 3,2 cm
Aantal pagina's
456 pagina's
Illustraties
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Auteur
Peter Elbow
Uitgever
Oxford University Press Inc

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9780199782512

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Gewicht
606 g
Verpakking breedte
156 mm
Verpakking hoogte
31 mm
Verpakking lengte
233 mm

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