Book Review Romano, Tom. Blending Genre, Altering Style: Writing Multigenre Papers.

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Book review Romano, Tom. Blending Genre, Altering Style: Writing Multigenre Papers. Ed. Bill Varner. NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers, 2000. Print. Romano’s book displays the way he involves multi-genre writing in his teaching career, during which a lot of incisive ideas, thoughts, teaching process, student works, and practical tips are discussed and displayed. This book provides a good answer to my curiosity about the teaching of the multi-genre writing, particularly in the following aspects. To get started, why bother the concept of multi-genre? Romano illustrates the point by some concrete examples he uses in the classroom. For example, he shows that the diverse aspects of the renowned jazz pianist, Count Basie, cannot be fully represented in the sole genre of biology. And one of his students, Tom, got this point very clearly, who “knew there was more to understanding Count Basie than knowing the year he was born, the city where he got his start, and the names of famous musicians he worked with” (19). And when he gave a poem about Basie, his students were more emotionally engaged with the subject, because the poem “bloods Count Basie” (21) and “draws readers into imagining what it might have been like to attend a Basie performance” (21). In a later chapter, “Genre Answered,” he goes on with the idea, claiming that one genre is an answer to another and through the “different rhetorical work” (21) the writer is able to get access to various sides of the subject under composition. So writing multi-genre texts is a process to “discover the unthought, the unperceived” (134). For example, in the same chapter he cited a letter written by his mother who considerately and sentimentally explains why his father has come up with a rather rigorous parental style and how in fact the father loves his children, which is a respond to the other poem in chapter 18 in which the

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