Article published in:Opening Windows on Texts and Discourses of the Past
Edited by Janne Skaffari, Matti Peikola, Ruth Carroll, Risto Hiltunen and Brita Wårvik
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 134] 2005
► pp. 95–107
The economics academic lecture in the nineteenth century
Marshall's Lectures to Women
This study investigates the economics lecture from a historical discursive perspective, focusing on the case of Marshall's lectures in Cambridge in 1873. The historical study of academic genres has primarily dealt with the research article and the textbook, while the academic lecture has been studied nearly exclusively from a pedagogical angle in spite of the fact that it is a genre perfectly suited to shed light on the lecturer/student relationship and ways of disseminating knowledge over time. The present analysis shows that the lecturer's persona is textually constructed through the use of interactional and evaluative discursive strategies, which include metadiscursive devices used to explicitly engage students' attention or to signal the lecturer's attitude to both the audience and the content of the lecture.
Published online: 24 March 2005