Comprehensiveness rating: 5 read less
The textbook covers genre from multiple angles. The book could be easily adapted for a range of graduated level courses. I can see this book especially being used for Rhetoric courses in English departments or for Education courses, as the collection attends to the ways in which genre shapes discourse and learning. I would say that, because of the complex approach to genre that this would not be appropriate outside of graduate level courses. I don't see this being useful for undergraduates.
Accuracy rating: 5
The essays appear objective and accurate. The scholars are convincingly knowledgeable about genre and the essays are well-researched. Most of the essayists are responding to recognizable theorists and clearly outline accurate understanding of these theorists' work while presenting new, and interesting, arguments.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 5
As the book was published in 2009, I'm sure that there are new discussions on the material. However, the editors could easily go in and add new essays to each section and could simply add an additional preface that explained new material and the need for the additions.
Clarity rating: 5
Most of the essays are quite clear, and a few actually bold their terms and define them. Most are discipline-specific, so there are technical terms, but with the right context (meaning, for instance, for graduate students learning about the discipline), the terms are appropriate and understandable.
Consistency rating: 5
The textbook covers genre from various angles, so the terminology and use varies by discipline, but this is appropriate given the book is meant to be useful for several fields.
Modularity rating: 5
The work is divded into five larger sections: Advances in Genre Theories, Genre in the Professions, Genre and Media, Genre in Teaching and Learning and Genre in Writing Across the Curriculum. Within each larger section, there are roughly 3-5 essays that stand alone. Thus, the textbook could be used in many ways: professors could assign a large section of essays and explore that topic in depth, or for more basic classes, individual essays could be assigned.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
The collection is well-organized, especially for the wide range of topics discussed. The arrangement of the essays is clear and their connection to one another is obvious. Most of the essays include sub-headings, which would make them even easier to assign, as professors could assign "chunks" of the essays for their students. Furthermore, the notes and bibliography are listed at the end of each essay, which again, makes it easy for professors to assign single essays.
Interface rating: 2
The margins differ, at times, between various pages. If this were printed, the effect would not be so noticeable (especially if it were bound), but when uploaded through PDF, it is a little distracting. Additionally, some of the images are blurry.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
The essays are well-edited and contain few errors.
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
The textbook is very inclusive. It uses authors' work from all over the world, suggests that our understanding of genre needs to shift in a globalized world, and is very respectful of other cultures.