Relevant stuff on genres and the Carleton and Simon Fraser Genre Conferences


There are two book chapters which came out of my presentation at the Carleton Genre Conference.

"Traffic in Genres, In Classrooms and Out." Genre and the New Rhetoric, ed. Peter Medway and Aviva Freedman. 212-230. London: Taylor & Francis, 1994.

"Speech Genres, Writing Genres, School Genres and Computer Genres." Learning and Teaching Genre, ed. Aviva Freedman and Peter Medway. 243-262. Boynton/Cook Heinemann, 1994.


These two chapters are similar, in that they were both based on the same presentation and use the same data as a base; "Speech Genres," however, focuses on the theoretical context of what I had to say -- the generic implications of my reading of Bakhtin, for example -- where "Traffic" is mainly concerned with the language learning and classroom implications and context. These publications will be pillaged to become part of Becoming a Dialogic Teacher. The entire text of "Traffic" is available, as published, on this web site; click the link on the title to access it.

In January of 1998 a "second coming" of the Carleton conference was held at Simon Fraser University. At this "International Symposium on Genre" I presented a further development of some of the work I'd been exploring at Carleton. The paper is titled "On the Origin of Genres by Natural Selection: Inventing Genres Online, and the draft is archived on this site, as is the "Interactive Poster" which was available on a computer during the conference, and was called "Present at the Evolution: Watching Student Writers Participate in the Development of Genres."

An initially stimulating, but soon abandoned electronic discussion of the issues arising out of the Simon Fraser conference was archived on a HyperNews site which is no longer available.


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