Rewriting: How To Do Things With Texts

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Utah State University Press, Jul 15, 2006 - Education - 139 pages
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"Like all writers, intellectuals need to say something new and say it well. But unlike many other writers, what intellectuals have to say is bound up with the books we are reading . . . and the ideas of the people we are talking with."

What are the moves that an academic writer makes? How does writing as an intellectual change the way we work from sources? In Rewriting, a textbook for the undergraduate classroom, Joseph Harris draws the college writing student away from static ideas of thesis, support, and structure, and toward a more mature and dynamic understanding. Harris wants college writers to think of intellectual writing as an adaptive and social activity, and he offers them a clear set of strategies—a set of moves—for participating in it.

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User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

This is a pretty good book to use for teaching a writing course. Harris offers several useful tips for teaching the augmentative essay especially. I specifically liked when he cautions the reader against arguing with the text you are using when writing your own essay. Read full review

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User Review  - Tanya - Goodreads

This happens less and less as I enjoy the job I have more and more (and get older and older), but every once in a while something comes along that makes me want to be a teacher again, and "Rewriting ... Read full review

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Joseph Harris directs the independent and multidisciplinary Duke University Writing Program.

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