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Amy Burgess: I don't want to be a China buff

Date: 20 April 2010 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Venue: Institute for Advanced Studies Meeting Room 1

In this presentation we will use the example of an adult literacy student producing and talking about a piece of writing on China to illustrate our work on mapping aspects of writer identity onto timescales. We will present a framework for investigating the discoursal construction of writer identity which develops the categories proposed by Ivanic (1998, 2006) in two ways. Firstly, we distinguish aspects of writer identity according to the timescales over which they develop; secondly, we propose interrelationships among the different aspects. We will demonstrate the relevance of this framework for understanding how identity is constructed and changed through acts of writing by using it to interpret data drawn from a study of writing in adult literacy education in England. The example we will discuss shows how different aspects of writer identity and different timescales come into play during one act of writing.

Amy Burgess


Ivanic, R. (1998)Writing and Identity: The discoursal construction of identity in academic writing. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Ivanic, R. (2006) 'Language, learning and identification'.In R. Kiely, P. Rea-Dickens, H. Woodfield and G. Clibbon (eds)Language, Culture and Identity in Applied Linguistics. Equinox.

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

Keywords: Literacies, Literacy


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