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Inventing the University

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Karen Zandarski

on 2 November 2013

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Transcript of Inventing the University

Inventing the University David Barthlomae
From Telling Writing Ken Macrorie

Barthlomae says this type of student writing comes from the student's attempt to create text from the vantage point of an expert - when they are not an expert - for an expert audience
Many times the times drives a person's life depends on how he uses it. I would like to think about if time is twenty five hours a day rather than twenty four. Some people think it's boring and some people think it's the pleasure to take one more hour for their life..." (626).

"Creativity is the venture of the mind at work with the mechanics relay to the limbs from the cranium, which stores and triggers this action. It can be a burst of energy released at a precise time a thought is being transmitted. This can cause a frenzy of the human body, but it depends on the characteristics of the individual…” (606).

"All good writers speak in honest voices and tell truth. ...This is the first requirement of good writing truth. Not the truth, but some kind of truth - a connection between the things written about in words used in the writing and the authors experience in a world she knows well" (300-301).
"The automobile is a mechanism fascinating to everyone in all its diverse manifestations and in every conceivable kind of situation or circumstance" (300).
"Most good writing is clear, vigorous, honest, alive, sensuous, appropriate, unsentimental, rhythmical, without pretense, fresh, metaphorical, evocative in sound, economical, authoritative, surprising, memorable, and light" (311).
While Macrobie's essay focuses on free writing as a means to end what he calls 'engfish' Barthlomae recommends that "teachers be precise and helpful when they tell students to 'think' 'argue' 'describe' or 'define'" He also recommend that the academic community "1) determine the community's convictions" so that students do not have to 'invent the university' for every writing assignment and 2) work to demystify those conventions (615).
Barthlomae, David. “Inventing the University” The Norton Book of Composition Studies. Ed. Susan Miller. New York. 2009. 609-627. Print.

Macrorie, Ken. “Telling Writing” The Norton Book of Composition Studies. Ed. Susan Miller. New York. 2009. 297-313. Print.

“Thundering down a Northern Michigan highway at night I am separated from the rest of the world. The windows of the car are rolled down and the wind makes a deep rumbling as the car rises and falls with the dips in the pavement” (301).
Some students will need to learn to crudely mimic the 'distinctive register of academic discourse before they are prepared to actually and legitimately do the work of the discourse and before they are sophisticated enough with the refinements of tone and gesture to do it with the grace or elegance" (627).
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