Genre Studies around the Globe: Beyond the Three Traditions exemplifies rich and vibrant international scholarship in the area of non-literary genre studies in the early 21st century. Based on the "Genre 2012" conference held in Ottawa, Canada, the volume brings under one cover the three Anglophone traditions (English for Specific Purposes, the Sydney School, Rhetorical Genre Studies) and the approaches to genre studies developed in other national, linguistic, and cultural contexts (Brazilian, Chilean, and European). The volume contributors investigate a variety of genres, ranging from written to spoken to multimodal, and discuss issues, central to the field of genre studies: genre conceptualization in different traditions, its theoretical underpinnings, the goals of genre research, and pedagogical implications of genre studies. This collection is addressed to researchers, teachers, and students of genre who wish to familiarize themselves with current international developments in genre studies.
Natasha Artemeva is Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University, Canada. She co-organized (with G. Smart and J. Sheyholislami) the international conference on genre studies "Genre 2012: Rethinking Genre 20 Years Later" held at Carleton University. She co-edited (with A. Freedman) Rhetorical Genre Studies and Beyond (2006, Inkshed Publications) and (with D. Starke-Meyerring, A. Paré, M. Horne, and L. Yousoubova) Writing in Knowledge Societies (2011, Parlor Press). Her research interests lie in the areas of genre studies, theories of learning, and social theories of practice. Aviva Freedman is Professor Emeritus in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University. Her scholarly career has been marked by an abiding interest in written language – its acquisition, development, and facilitation. In the late 80s, she seized on Miller's discussion of language as social action in response to Schutz's notion of socially constructed typified situations. Rhetorical Genre Studies consequently provided the context for her subsequent research and scholarship, which have issued in books, collections, essays, and research articles.