Uncomfortable Conversation

I would like to to reach an audience that is not usually brought into the conversation nor abruptly enters, which means to do so means I will practice being the mediator between my field of study and the outside audience.

Everyone would like their writing to be good, if not excellent, but what is good writing? Is it good if enough people read it? Is it good if only a certain group are able to read it? What if writing was judged on what it represented, the ethic within the piece?

As I begin to interview people who I do not usually talk to, I am hesitant to do so because of the unpredictable outcome. Will this turn into good writing? Will my readers like it? But then I also consider the ethical questions, would this piece create more equality as it brings in more diverse voices?

As a writer, I am choosing to put the ethical question before others. Questioning, how would my piece impact the lives of others? This encouraged me to enter spaces and conversation that I am unfamiliar with, yet at the same time, my syntax and diction must be persuasive to the reader. So despite the question of ethics, the reader must be able to connect with the piece in order to be persuaded. A piece of good writing is not necessarily based on ethics, but who the readers are that are connecting to it, be it select audience or the mass.

A Purpose for Descriptive Writing

In Art of the Essay, English 325, the main focus was on descriptive writing in order to make the reader believe that he or she is a part of the experience of the author. I took this course in the summer and at the time I was beginning to work on my senior thesis about Ancient Near Eastern galleries in university museums. It was in this class that I began to practice describing the designs of the galleries that I was visiting over the summer, practicing how to explain a display or object as if the reader was the visitor in place of myself. 

One of my essays explained, in ten pages or so, how the statue of the Lamassu Iraq was displayed in the Oriental Institute. I was able to bring the reader into a detailed analysis of it from describing its texture, shadowing, color, material, movement, posture, and then explained how these details might attribute to its original function and how its functioned has changed since being displayed at the Oriental Initiate. I then used this practice to incorporate a description about a wall relief into a conference paper that I recently presented to scholars in my field of study.            

 As my proposal for English 420 is about redesigning the Mesopotamian Gallery in the Kelsey Museum of Archeology, I will use what I learned from English 325 to incorporate detailed descriptions of my proposed design. The purpose will be to make the reader believe that he or she is standing in the gallery that I create, believing that it could exist

Blog Post 2: Writing with Purpose

Amit Devitt, author of Writing Genres, uses her platform as a professor in the English Department at Kansans University to conduct and publish her research: Rhetoric and Composition, English language studies, writing and writing pedagogy, genre studies, variation and standardization, and Standardized English Edited English. Her position as a professor and writer has been earned by educational experience, having received her Bachelors from Trinity University in English, a Masters at the University of Kansas in English Composition, and a Doctoral at the University of Michigan in English Literature and Composition, she has not only been able to advance her writing capabilities but given access to communities to publish in. She has published three books about the genres, written numerous articles and chapters, and has been invited to present workshops and lectures across the globe such as in Sweden, Brazil, Denmark, and across the United States. 

            Devitt’s position as a professor allows her to converse with other areas of study at the collegiate level, thus, aiding her research by as she engages in other academic genres from legal writing to writing of the sciences, and as her position of power increases so does her ability to access these various genres in other fields.  She then analyzes these various fields’ genres to collect data, make conclusions, and publicize it, thus, using a method of research that is similar to other academics. One method of research that appears to be unique to Devitt’s is that she does a lot of interacting with people to stimulate and formulate research, for example she blogs ab out interactions she has had with incorrect formalities that have caused her to consider the structures of genre. Additionally, Devitt’s research on genre is not only her profession but something she is passionate about and she is able to use her platform as a professor to get paid to write about what she loves.  

Silenced to Heard?

Hi Everyone!

My name is Gabrielle Sines and I am a in my third year majoring in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, a condensed term meaning that I study the population groups of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

In Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia writing was reserved for the elite, thus, guided and exemplified political structures which some can argue is similar to today. In my studies of population groups, I analyze the ability of a text to carry out poltical agendas, not only in the time it was written in but even if it has been preserved in the future. Therefore, I want to become a better writer in order to carry my voice into the future; however, my agenda is to represent oppressed people groups of the past and present.

The piece I am using for my origin piece is an academic article that I wrote over the summer while interning for the assistant professor of Assyriology, again, another term that refers to the study of Mesopotamia. The article highlights the accomplishments of a Turkish archeologist who worked under one of the most famous British archeologists of all time. I chose this piece because I want to practice communicating information that I consider important to audiences out side of my field of study, as well to communicate through different genres and modes that can potentially impact audiences in a way that an academic article is unable to do.

In preparation for this piece I like that I was able to first write it to an academic audience because that is where I have the most practice in writing, thus, I can better articulate my argument compared to using a different genre or mode that I am unfamiliar with, perhaps making my point unclear. What I did not like about writing this piece is that I do not have the Turkish archeologist to interview in order to use his voice; I am using my own interpretations and I can not escape my own biases even if I attempt to. I want to have people or people groups speak for themselves, which for the ancient world is not possible through text because it was the elite who documented history.