Emotion and the Economy of Genre in a Design Presentation

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Part of learning a discipline’s genres is learning how one’s work must be presented. Students confronting this economy of genre sometimes chafe at its restrictions, and their apprehension reveals unsuspected stakes for technical communication. In interviews, students discuss how their final presentations fail to capture the sophistication and the nuances of their designs, suggesting that learning genres is not just about participation but also about letting go of competing ways of conceiving practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-201
Number of pages14
JournalTechnical Communication Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2020


  • Engineering communication
  • design presentations
  • genre theory


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