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academic writing



Submitted by John W. Pell on March 26, 2013 - 1:27pm

As usual, the 4Cs was one of the highlights of my academic year. Brilliant panels, thoughtful conversations in smoke-filled hallways—each brilliant idea punctuated with the chime of slot machines celebrating the interest paid on a five-cent wager. What struck me this year, though, were the myriad of discussions concerning MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and LMS (Learning Management Systems). Panel after panel seemed to touch on these issues in some way and the conversation continues on many of our professional listservs and discussion boards.


24% of Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition...

Submitted by syntaxfactory on October 17, 2011 - 8:18am

24% of Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition has been published in edited anthologies.


Reading/Writing (in) Books

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 1, 2011 - 7:12pm

I'm trying to, um, "grasp" object-oriented ontology at the moment, and found this useful bit of reflections on how to write in the margins of books useful. It mirrors a bit my own practice: I put x's on a scale from 1 x to 4 to highlight passages, and then write a summary of the really important ones in the front cover of the book.


Searching For Your Perfect Book Title?

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 16, 2010 - 4:58pm

Check this out.


Eagleton on Academic Writing

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 30, 2009 - 6:31pm

A big Amen to this (from the forthcoming book of conversations with Terry Eagleton): “I am sometimes horrified," he says, "by the implicit acquiescence in academicism maintained by even supposedly quite radical thinkers and writers. This is particularly objectionable in the case of literary theory, because I believe that -- contrary to all appearances -- it is a genuinely democratic activity.


Automate Your Theorizing!

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 3, 2009 - 12:06pm

Oh, dear. I got: "The epistemology of post-capitalist hegemony opens a space for the discourse of linguistic transparency." Some recent articles I've reviewed for QJS seem to have been written using this machine.