My first response is, who needs a memory when we've got Google?
> My memory--ha!--tells me that we once had a discussion on this
> listserv about voice, I'm not referring to the discussion of
> authenticity/"real" writing, but more along the lines of "helping
> students find their own voices"--or perhaps that was only one aspect
> of the discussion.
And I had no memory of that discussion at all. But . . . if you go to
the CASLL archive -- which is here:
-- and search for any messages with "voice" in the subject, voila,
there's the discussion, _ten years_ ago. (What a memory, Coe! and
translates Latin, too.)
Doug Brent started the thread by asking this:
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 1995 10:07:24 MST
From: Doug Brent <[log in to unmask]>
I'm trying to put my finger on some of the literature that's come
since the 70's on authorial "voice." In particular I'm interested
specific material on how a writer manages voice in a text, what it
to have an authentic voice etc. A lot of this grows out of the
expressivist school, but the concentraion of "voice" as a root
then seems to me to go underground. The metaphor shifts from voice
rhetorical situation, audience etc. The emphasis on persona as
gets a bit fuzzy.
Any suggestions on where the idea of writer as metaphorical
crops up in later literature?
And it goes on from there. You can read it chronologically if you just
scroll down to March 1995 on the main archive page.
Department of English
St. Thomas University
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