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Stylish Academic Writing [Format Kindle]

Helen Sword

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Elegant ideas deserve elegant expression. Sword dispels the myth that you can’t get published without writing wordy, impersonal prose. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions or eager to write for a larger audience, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books enjoyable to read—and to write.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intelligent, useful book 9 octobre 2012
Par James Donelan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Helen Sword's perspective on academic writing is both timely and helpful. For at least fifteen years, discussion of academic writing style has either deplored it or defended it, without really figuring out what was wrong. The Bad Writing Contest and the Sokal Hoax showed us just how tangled up academic style had become, but failed to distinguish between a stylistic problem and outright fraud. The other side simply defended the indefensible: jargon for jargon's sake. What Sword had done here is point a way forward. Useful advice on how to make academic prose interesting and readable, along with fine examples from many fields, will undoubtedly send scholars in the right direction. An excellent, if brief, book, and what I hope will be the beginning of a positive direction in writing, especially in the humanities.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Countering the leaden prose style of the academy 24 mai 2013
Par Anson Cassel Mills - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Sword's advice for writing better academic prose isn't novel, but it's sound. As have other writing manuals, she urges scholars to reduce their adverbs, passives, "be" verbs, abstractions, nominalizations, prepositional phrases, and demonstrative pronouns. Her online diagnostic tool, "WritersDiet," is an amusing way of becoming more aware of one's own participation in the leaden style authorized by the academy.

Sword's book also provides examples of good scholarly prose, some truly stylish and others at least acceptable, if not rousing. Sword herself writes well enough, though many of her sentences might be tweaked and tightened. For instance, the following paragraph (112) is both clear and amusing:

"Every discipline has its own specialized language, its membership rites, its secret handshake. I remember the moment when, as a PhD student in comparative literature, I casually dropped phrase "psychosexual morphology" into a discussion of a Thomas Hardy novel. What power! From the professor's approving nod and the envious shuffling of my fellow students around the seminar table, I knew that I had just flashed the golden badge that admitted me into an elite disciplinary community. Needless to say, my new party trick fell flat on my nonacademic friends and relations. Whenever I solemnly intoned the word `Foucauldian,' they quickly went off to find another beer." (106 words)

Still, it could be tightened to good effect:

"Every discipline has its own specialized language, its secret code. When, as a PhD student in comparative literature, I casually dropped the phrase "psychosexual morphology" into a discussion of a Thomas Hardy novel, the professor's approving nod and the envious shuffling of fellow students revealed that I had been welcomed into an elite academic community. Needless to say, the same trick did not work with non-academics. Solemnly intoning the word `Foucauldian' sent them off after another beer." (77 words)

As a historian, I think my real problem with this book is that I don't want to write stylish academic prose. I want to write like David McCullough and Ron Chernow.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intriguing and Fruitful 12 juin 2013
Par Paul Silvia - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In academia, everyone prefers reading good writing but believes that everyone else wants tedious writing---a classic case of what social psychologists call "pluralistic ignorance." Helen Sword's book aims to motivate people to try an earthier, more human sound and to give them a sense of possibility and permission. After describing the sad state of writing across different fields, she offers advice and provides examples for academics who want to write well.

This is a good book: I enjoyed it and got much food for thought from it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant every PhD writer should read this book 22 décembre 2013
Par Gaye Annette Greenwood - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Helen walks the talk. Complex but parsimonious this book inspired me to experiment with different approaches.
Visually minimalist exemplars provide creative ideas for presenting academically rigorous research with flair.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Easy read to learn more about writing 6 août 2013
Par Misty Janski - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book really helped me in my professional and personal writing. It is an easy read - not too technical. I enjoyed it so much that I have decided to keep the book even though the class is over.
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