Academic book reviews of literature in English and Spanish: writers’ visibility and invisibility strategies for expressing critical comments

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Academic book reviews of literature in English and Spanish: writers’ visibility and invisibility strategies for expressing critical comments

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dc.contributor Facultad de Filosofia y Letras en_US
dc.contributor.author Moreno, Ana I.
dc.contributor.author Suárez, Lorena
dc.contributor.other Filologia Inglesa en_US
dc.date 2011-08-23
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-27T15:36:46Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-27T15:36:46Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-27
dc.identifier.citation Crossed Words: Criticism in the Academy / Françoise Salager-Meyer and Beverly A. Lewin (eds). en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-3-0343-0049 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10612/1114
dc.description 345 p. en_US
dc.description.abstract One important academic writing skill is the ability of writers to construe an appropriate representation of themselves and their work through their textual voice. One way in which writers achieve this is by intruding into their text in order to explicitly signal or conceal their personal responsibility for the ideas referenced in it. However, writers’ decisions in this respect have shown to be highly problematic in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), especially for non-native English speakers. Our paper hypothesizes that a part of this problem might be related to differing crosscultural notions of good face, partly reflected in the ways and the extent to which writers typically intrude into their texts by means of writers’ visibility and invisibility strategies. We explore this hypothesis by comparing the actual practices followed by writers from two different writing cultures to express one specific type of claim (a critical comment on a book under review) in one specific genre (an academic book review) and one disciplinary field (literature). Our comparison is based on two corpora consisting of 20 texts in British & American English and 20 in Castilian Spanish. The results show that reviewers from these two writing cultures differ greatly in their preferences for reaffirming or suppressing their personal identity when expressing critical comments on a book under review. This indicates that the notion of good face is culturally determined in this respect. We discuss our results in the light of information obtained through a pilot e-mail interview with relevant informants. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.publisher Bern, Switzerldand: Peter Lang, 2011 en_US
dc.subject Lengua española en_US
dc.subject Lengua inglesa en_US
dc.subject Lingüística en_US
dc.subject Literatura en_US
dc.subject Literatura española en_US
dc.subject Literatura inglesa en_US
dc.subject.other English for academic purposes en_US
dc.subject.other Spanish for academic purposes en_US
dc.subject.other Crosscultural studies en_US
dc.subject.other Intercultural rhetoric en_US
dc.subject.other Academic Book Reviews en_US
dc.subject.other Author's voice en_US
dc.subject.other Expression of criticism en_US
dc.subject.other Critical comments en_US
dc.title Academic book reviews of literature in English and Spanish: writers’ visibility and invisibility strategies for expressing critical comments en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/bookPart es_ES
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/bookPart en_US
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess es_ES

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