Skip Links | Access/General | Site Map
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Lancaster University
You are here: Home >

LRDG seminar: "Who do you think wrote that?" : The Discoursal Construction of Writer Identity by Three Adult Literacy Students

Date: 11 November 2008 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Amy Burgess, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre

"Who do you think wrote that?" : The Discoursal Construction of Writer Identity by Three Adult Literacy Students

The relationship between writing and identity has previously been explored in various settings, notably within Higher Education, and the concept of discourse has been a useful analytical tool. However, the issue has been largely absent from research into writing in adult literacy education. This paper explores the relationship between discourses and three adult literacy students' developing identities as writers by analysing texts they produced in their classes. It asks the questions: what discourses do the students draw on in their writing; how are they positioned by these discourses; and how does this positioning affect their development as writers? Frameworks developed in the field of Critical Discourse Analysis are deployed to analyse the student writers' representations of social actors, social action and time. The analysis suggests that some of the most salient discourses on which the students drew positioned them as deficient and/or socially subordinate and that this negative positioning impeded their development as writers. The paper concludes by suggesting the value of applying concepts developed within CDA to writing produced by novice writers and pointing out some directions for future research.

Event website: http://www.literacy.lancs.ac.uk

Contact:

Who can attend: Anyone

 

Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

«Back

Search FASS

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
| Home | Departments | People | Study Here | Research | Business and Enterprise | News and Events |
- FASS Intranet -

Save this page: Delicious Del.icio.us Reddit Reddit Facebook Stumble It Stumble It!

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YD
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1524 510851
E-mail:

E-mail: Email address protected by JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript to contact us.

Copyright & Disclaimer | Privacy and Cookies Notice

Save contact details

Save contact details