A genre analysis of biography

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A genre analysis of biography


Author: Moy, Ka-ling Karen
Title: A genre analysis of biography
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2001
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Literary form
Department: Dept. of English
Pages: 89, [75] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1608280
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4225
Abstract: This dissertation explores how writers project their personal information through "biography". It includes a condensed theoretical account of critical discourse analysis, a framework for analyzing discursive events. Textual and linguistic analysis that are drawn from 21 biographies allow this dissertation to typify the texts as constituting a non-routine, personal genre. This discussion can serve as a foundation for writing a biography. By detailing the generic elements included, this dissertation indicates how the texts are rhetorically designed in order to create a good impression. The dissertation ends by discussing the implications of the findings to introduce a guideline for writing such kind of text.

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