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The Movement from Personal to Group Identity in Expressive Discourse [microform] / William J. McCleary
Bib ID 5452657
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
McCleary, William J
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1985 
25 p. 
Summary

A number of questions have been raised about James Kinneavy's theory of expressive discourse, among them the problem of how so many different genres, from the personal essay to the declaration of independence, can be lumped under one aim, self-expression. Another is why self-expression is the only one of the aims to be divided into two general types (personal and group). Nearly all such questions are cleared up if self-expression is seen as a process, a movement from personal to group identity. An individual at first works to find his or her own identity and set personal goals. However, in the meantime, the individual discovers that other people are going through similar processes and that many goals can be achieved only by cooperation with like-minded people. These discoveries then lead to the formation of a group and the composing of the various kinds of discourse required to identify and regulate the group, for example, a declaration of independence and a loyalty oath. Seen in this way, any specific expressive discourse is a step in a process, or potential process, of movement from individual to group identity. Although the three "logical strategies" posited by Kinneavy will still underlie the various genres of expression, such matters as organization and style will be controlled as much by the stage of the processs as by the expressive aim itself. (Author/HTH)

Notes

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (36th, Minneapolis, MN, March 21-23, 1985).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Discourse Analysis.  |  Discourse Modes.  |  Educational Theories.  |  Expressive Language.  |  Identification (Psychology)  |  Literary Genres.  |  Self Expression.  |  Writing Processes.  |  Writing Skills.  |  Expressive Writing  |  Kinneavy (James)
Form/genre Opinion Papers.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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