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Readers' Awareness of Author


by Timothy Shanahan — 1998

Rhetorical issues will be the focus of this chapter. Instead of the more typical focus—how writers think about readers—I will consider how readers come to think of authors and what difference such thinking makes in their understandings of the texts they read. I will examine (1) the place of the author in literary theory, (2) the role of the author in disciplinary discourse, (3) features of text that make the author more visible, and (4) the concept of author in children's literacy development.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 97, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 6, 1998, p. 88-110
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18734, Date Accessed: 10/16/2017 11:52:43 PM

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  • Timothy Shanahan
    University of Illinois at Chicago
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    TIMOTHY SHANAHAN is Professor of Education in the College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is also Director of the Center for Literacy.
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