Title

Genre as Temporally Situated Social Action: A Study of Temporality and Genre Activity

Publication Title

Written Communication

Publication Date

1-2000

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1177/0741088300017001004

Keywords

temporality, genre

Disciplines

Philosophy of Language | Rhetoric and Composition

Abstract

Rhetorical studies of genre have investigated the complex relationships between a range of genre activities and their social, historical, and institutional contexts. However, the temporal dimensions of these contexts require further specification and explicit examination. This article offers a first step toward conceptualizing the temporal dimensions of rhetorical contexts and considering the interplay between those dimensions and genre activity. First, the author reviews how temporality has figured in rhetorical studies of genre through the notions of kairos and temporal exigence. She then presents two models of time, “clock time” and “process time,” as a means for representing the temporal dimensions of rhetorical contexts and genre activity. Finally, the author examines the interplay between these temporal models and genre by analyzing a nurse practitioner's communicative interaction with two patients. By conceptualizing and examining the relationship between time and genre, this article adds to our understanding of genre as situated social action.

Publisher

Sage

Publisher Location

Thousand Oaks, CA


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