9780674064485

Stylish Academic Writing

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  • ISBN13:

    9780674064485

  • ISBN10:

    0674064488

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/2/2012
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
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Summary

Elegant data and ideas deserve elegant expression, argues Helen Sword in this lively guide to academic writing. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions, and for specialists who want to write for a larger audience but are unsure where to begin, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books a pleasure to read-and to write. Dispelling the myth that you cannot get published without writing wordy, impersonal prose, Sword shows how much journal editors and readers welcome work that avoids excessive jargon and abstraction. Sword's analysis of more than a thousand peer-reviewed articles across a wide range of fields documents a startling gap between how academics typically describe good writing and the turgid prose they regularly produce. Stylish Academic Writing showcases a range of scholars from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences who write with vividness and panache. Individual chapters take up specific elements of style, such as titles and headings, chapter openings, and structure, and close with examples of transferable techniques that any writer can master.

Table of Contents

Style and Substance
Rules of Engagementp. 3
On Being Disciplinedp. 12
A Guide to the Style Guidesp. 23
The Elements of Stylishness
Voice and Echop. 35
Smart Sentencingp. 48
Tempting Titlesp. 63
Hooks and Sinkersp. 76
The Story Netp. 87
Show and Tellp. 99
Jargonitisp. 112
Structural Designsp. 122
Points of Referencep. 135
The Big Picturep. 147
The Creative Touchp. 159
Afterword: Becoming a Stylish Writerp. 173
Appendixp. 177
Notesp. 183
Bibliographyp. 199
Acknowledgmentsp. 213
Indexp. 217
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