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ISBN-10: 0199782512
ISBN-13: 9780199782512
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 01/13/2012
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 1.30" H

Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing

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Overview

Since the publication of his groundbreaking books Writing Without Teachers and Writing with Power, Peter Elbow has revolutionized how people think about writing. Now, in Vernacular Eloquence, he makes a vital new contribution to both practice and theory. The core idea is simple: we can enlist
virtues from the language activity most people find easiest-speaking-for the language activity most people find hardest-writing. Speech, with its spontaneity, naturalness of expression, and fluidity of thought, has many overlooked linguistic and rhetorical merits. Through several easy to employ
techniques, writers can marshal this wisdom of the tongue to produce stronger, clearer, more natural writing.

This simple idea, it turns out, has deep repercussions. Our culture of literacy, Elbow argues, functions as though it were a plot against the spoken voice, the human body, vernacular language, and those without privilege-making it harder than necessary to write with comfort or power. Giving speech
a central role in writing overturns many empty preconceptions. It causes readers to think critically about the relationship between speech, writing, and our notion of literacy. Developing the political implications behind Elbow’s previous books, Vernacular Eloquence makes a compelling case that
strengthening writing and democratizing it go hand in hand.

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Elbow is his own best argument for speaking onto the page: His voice is both authoritative and affable, conversational and professorial. –Erin McKean, International Herald Tribune


it is written in [the author's] wonderfully approachable, affable voice; it emphasizes the need to indulge one's own impetus when writing, to pour oneself into freewrites ... The book is organized in a unique and purposeful manner ... Highly recommended. –E. McCourt, Jacksonville University,
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...[S]urely some of the best work [Elbow] has done in his long and brilliant career....Elbow's book talks the talk and walks the walk: it is itself a demonstration of his subtitle–what speech can bring to writing....Bravo to Peter Elbow for this learned, provocative, and forward-looking book.
–Andrea A. Lunsford, award-winning author of The St. Martin's Handbook


Whether you aim to improve your own writing, help others improve theirs, understand more about written language, or just want to enjoy enthusiastic, passionate writing at its best, this book is for you. With a disarmingly simple thesis about what spoken language contributes to writing, Vernacular
Eloquence makes major contributions to theory and to practice. –David Barton, author of Literacy: An Introduction to the Ecology of Written Language


What a wonderful, enticing book! As only he can, Peter Elbow explores the intricate relationship between speech and writing with broad learning, bold thinking, and a finely tuned sensibility. –Mike Rose, author of An Open Language: Selected Writing on Literacy, Learning, and Opportunity


English and speech-communication educators, linguists, cognitive psychologists, and writers will find this book is filled with a multitude of insightful ideas for application–and scholarly research. –Rosalind Horowitz, editor of Talking Texts: How Speech and Writing Interact in School Learning


This title should greatly interest English language and linguistics scholars and teachers. Any readers willing either to dig deep or skim and skip will also find fresh ideas and renewed energy for writing. –Library Journal


More philosophically rigorous, more historically nuanced, and more socially engaged...and...still delivers the sort of deeply refreshing, commonsensical, practical wisdom about the writing process that has become synonymous with his name. –Rhetoric Review


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ISBN-10: 0199782512
ISBN-13: 9780199782512
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 01/13/2012
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 1.30" H
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