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Jane Danielewicz. Personal Genres, Public Voices.

Danielewicz, Jane. "Personal Genres, Public Voices." CCC 59.3 (2008): 420-450.


Writing in personal genres, like autobiography, leads writers to public voices. Public voice is a discursive quality of a text that conveys the writer's authority and position relative to others. To show how voice and authority depend on genre, I analyze the autobiographies of two writers who take opposing positions on the same topic. By producing texts in genres with recognizable social functions, student writers gain agency.

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