Articles and Essays
"Genre for Social Action: Transforming Worlds Through Genre Awareness and Action." Genre in the Climate Debate, edited by Sune Auken and Christel Sunesen. Warsaw: De Gruyter, 2021. 17-33. Open access. https://doi.org/10.1515/9788395720499-003
Redefining genres as social action in the 1980s has led to understanding that genres reflect, shape, and reinforce worlds through the social actions they define and perform. The critical turn in genre studies in the following decades has led to more awareness of genre’s power to shape users unknowingly toward a community’s norms and values. This chapter argues for extending that critical awareness to critical action. Genres work not only as social action but for social action. Genres work for social action when people act through them deliberately, consciously, and toward desired social ends. This chapter defines and briefly illustrates four means of using genres for social action: genre mindfulness, genre resistance, genre revision, and genre creation. Critical awareness of those social actions can transform everyday social actions that get things done in the world into powerful actions with social and political purpose, actions meant to alter the world in meaningful and even structural ways.
“The Blurred Boundaries of Genres-in-Use: Principles and Implications from Rhetorical Genre Studies for English Historical Linguistics." Studies in the History of the English Language VIII: Boundaries and Boundary-Crossings in the History of English, edited by Peter J. Grund and Megan E. Hartman. Berlin/Munich/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, 2020. 45-72 https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110643282-003
Bojsen-Møller, M., Auken, S., Devitt, A. J., & Christensen, T. K. (2020). "Illicit genres: The case of threatening communications." Sakprosa, 12(1), 1–53. Open access. https://doi.org/10.5617/sakprosa.7416
Miller, Carolyn R, Amy J Devitt, and Victoria Gallagher. "Genre: Permanence and Change." Rhetoric Society Quarterly (Rhetoric Society of America). 48:3, 269-277. Published online May 15, 2018. doi:10.1080/02773945.2018.1454194
“Uncovering Occluded Publics: Untangling Public, Personal, and Technical Spheres in Jury Deliberations.” Genre and the Performance of Publics. Eds. Mary Jo Reiff and Anis Bawarshi. Boulder CO: Utah State University Press, 2016. 139-156.
“Translating Practice into Theory in Genre Studies.” Genre Studies around the Globe: Beyond the Three Traditions. Eds. Natasha Artemeva and A. Freedman. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Canadian Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning/Inkshed Publications, 2016. 387-401.
"Some Ideas for Teaching New Genres from Old Genres." With Heather Bastian. Gêneros na Linguística e na Literatura [Genres in linguistics and literature]. Eds. Angela Dionisio and Larissa Cavalcanti. Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil: Editora Universitaria UFPE.
"Motives and Habits: Some Thoughts on What Linguists Can Gain from Rhetoric and Composition." Journal of English Linguistics. December 2015. 1-7.
"Motives and Habits: Some Thoughts on What Linguists Can Gain from Rhetoric and Composition." Journal of English Linguistics. Online First October 13, 2015.
“Genre Performances: John Swales’ Genre Analysis and Rhetorical-Linguistic Genre Studies.” Journal of English for Academic Purposes 19 (2015): 44-51.
“Crossing the Boulevard: The Action of ‘Genre as Social Action.’” Composition Forum. 31 (Spring 2015).
“Genre.” Keywords in Writing Studies. Eds. Peter Vandenberg and Paul Heilker. Utah State University Press, 2015.
“Algumas ideias para ensinar novos gêneros a partir de velhos gêneros.” With Heather Bastian. Gêneros na Linguística e na Literatura [Genres in linguistics and literature]. Eds. Angela Dionisio and Larissa Cavalcanti. Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil: Editora Universitaria UFPE. [Original article, published in Portuguese]
“Genre Pedagogies.” Guide to Composition Pedagogies. 2nd ed. Eds. Amy Rupiper Taggart, Kurt Schick, and H. Brooke Hessler. Oxford University Press, 2014. 146-62.
“Introduction: Genre Perspectives in Text Production Research.” (with Charles Bazerman). Handbook of Writing and Text Production. Eds. Daniel Perrin and Eva-Maria Jakobs. De Gruyter Mouton, 2014. 257-61.
“Reproducing Genres: Pattern-related Writing.” (with Mary Jo Reiff). Handbook of Writing and Text Production. Eds. Daniel Perrin and Eva-Maria Jakobs. De Gruyter Mouton, 2014. 263-84.
Selected Work before 2014
“Written Language In Use: An Essay on Returning Language to Writing Studies.” Contours of English and English Language Studies. Eds. Ann Curzan and Michael Adams. University of Michigan Press, 2011. 298-314.
“Re-fusing Form in Genre Study.” Theories of Genre and Their Application to Internet Communication. Eds. Janet Giltrow and Dieter Stein. John Benjamins Publishing, 2009. 27-47.
“Teaching Critical Genre Awareness.” Genre in a Changing World. Eds. Charles Bazerman, Adair Bonini, and Débora Figueiredo. Parlor Press, 2009.
“Transferability and Genres.” The Locations of Composition. Eds. Christian Weisser and Christopher Keller. State University of New York Press, 2007. 215-27.
“Where Communities Collide: Exploring a Legal Genre.” Individually authored section of co-authored article “Materiality and Genre in the Study of Discourse Communities” (with Mary Jo Reiff and Anis Bawarshi). College English 65 (May 2003): 541-58.
Reprinted The St. Martin’s Guide to Teaching Writing. 7th ed. Eds. Cheryl Glenn and Melissa A. Goldthwaite. Boston MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014. 365-80.
Reprinted in Readings on Writing, Van-Griner Publishing, 2014.
“Creating Community, Collaboration and Consistency: The Use of Teaching Teams in Writing Program Administration” (with Angela Jones and Mary Jo Reiff). Issues in Writing 11 (2000). 28-63.
“Integrating Rhetorical and Literary Theories of Genre.” College English 62 (2000). 696-718.
“The Developing Discipline of Composition: From Text Linguistics to Genre Theory.” History, Reflection, and Narrative: The Professionalization of Composition, 1963-1983. Eds. Mary Rosner and Beth A. Boehm. Ablex. 1999. 177-85.
“Genre as Language Standard.” Genre and Writing: Issues, Arguments, Alternatives. Eds. Wendy Bishop and Hans Ostrom. Portsmouth NH: Boynton Cook/Heinemann, 1997. 45-55.
“Genre, Genres, and the Teaching of Genre.” (Invited review essay) College Composition and Communication 47 (1996): 605-15.
“Generalizing About Genre: New Conceptions of an Old Concept.” College Composition and Communication 44 (1993): 573-86. doi:10.2307/358391
Reprinted Concepts in Composition. Ed. Irene Clark. Lawrence Erlbaum, 2003.
Reprinted Relations, Locations, Positions: Composition Theory for Writing Teachers. Editor(s): Peter Vandenberg, Sue Hum, Jennifer Clary-Lemon. NCTE 2006.
“Intertextuality in Tax Accounting: Generic, Referential, and Functional.” In Textual Dynamics of the Professions: Historical and Contemporary Studies of Writing in Professional Communities. Eds. Charles Bazerman and James Paradis. Madison WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991. Pages 336-357.
Reissued Bazerman, Charles, and Paradis, James. 2004. Textual Dynamics of the Professions: Historical and Contemporary Studies of Writing in Professional Communities. Academic.Writing Landmark Publications in Writing Studies: WAC Clearinghouse (Colorado State University. Publication Date: March 21, 2004.
“Genre As Textual Variable: Some Historical Evidence from Scots and American English.” American Speech 64 (1989), 291-303.