L2 writing in the post-process era: Introduction

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In this introduction to the special issue, I attempt to lay out a coherent if still-heuristic notion of "post-process." I do so by first investigating four components of Trimbur's (1994) definition of "post-process": the social; the post-cognitivist; literacy as an ideological arena; and composition as a cultural activity. Next, I review studies in first and especially second language writing/literacy research which have attempted to move beyond process pedagogy and theory, and which for me, at least, provide a sound conceptual basis for further developments in that direction. I then conclude by stating my own summative definition of post-process, and briefly introducing the main contributions to this special issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Second Language Writing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Critical applied linguistics
  • Post-modernism
  • Post-process
  • Process writing
  • Second language writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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