A Rhetoric of Literate Action: Literate Action Volume 1

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Charles Bazerman, University of California, Santa Barbara

Pub Date: 2013

ISBN 13: 978-1-6023547-5-3

Publisher: WAC Clearinghouse

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Reviewed by George Zamzow, Instructor, Composition & Literature, Portland Community College, on 6/20/2018.

The book is quite detailed and comprehensive. The chapters and short sections are clearly titled, making it easy to find appropriate passages for the task at hand..… read more



Reviewed by Kate Watts, Sr Instructor, Washington State University, on 6/21/2017.

The textbook is comprehensive, covering the rhetorical situation in depth. Many textbooks say little or nothing about kairos or intertextuality, for … read more



Reviewed by David Grant, Associate Professor, University of Northern Iowa, on 12/6/2016.

The book covers nearly all aspects of writing as a process: the deeply seated psychological and social entanglements of wrestling with language in … read more



Reviewed by Beth Lechleitner, Senior Teaching Faculty , Colorado State University , on 12/6/2016.

This book takes an expansive look at the function of writing in our lives, encompassing everything from business forms, such as driver's license … read more



Reviewed by Amanda Bryan, Instructor, University of North Carolina Greensboro, on 12/6/2016.

The text is comprehensive in its coverage of rhetorical situations, including why and how one writes with the emphasis placed on context. However, it … read more


Table of Contents

  • Front Matter
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Rhetorics of Speaking and Writing
  • Chapter 2. Knowing Where You Are: Genre
  • Chapter 3. When You Are
  • Chapter 4. The World of Texts: Intertextuality
  • Chapter 5. Changing the Landscape: Kairos, Social Facts, and Speech Acts
  • Chapter 6. Emergent Motives, Situations, Forms
  • Chapter 7. Text Strategics
  • Chapter 8. Emergent Form and the Processes of Forming Meaning
  • Chapter 9. Meanings and Representations
  • Chapter 10.Spaces and Journeys for Readers: Organization and Movement
  • Chapter 11. Style and Revision
  • Chapter 12. Managing Writing Processes and the Emergent Text
  • References

About the Book

The first in a two-volume set, A Rhetoric of Literate Action is written for "the experienced writer with a substantial repertoire of skills, [who] now would find it useful to think in more fundamental strategic terms about what they want their texts to accomplish, what form the texts might take, how to develop specific contents, and how to arrange the work of writing." The reader is offered a framework for identifying and understanding the situations writing comes out of and is directed toward; a consideration of how a text works to transform a situation and achieve the writer's motives; and advice on how to bring the text to completion and "how to manage the work and one's own emotions and energies so as to accomplish the work most effectively."

About the Contributors


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.