Stylish Academic Writing

Stylish Academic Writing

by Helen Sword
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674064488

ISBN-13: 9780674064485

Pub. Date: 04/02/2012

Publisher: Harvard

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674064485
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/02/2012
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
629,490
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Part I Style and Substance

1 Rules of Engagement 3

2 On Being Disciplined 12

3 A Guide to the Style Guides 23

Part II The Elements of Stylishness

4 Voice and Echo 35

5 Smart Sentencing 48

6 Tempting Titles 63

7 Hooks and Sinkers 76

8 The Story Net 87

9 Show and Tell 99

10 Jargonitis 112

11 Structural Designs 122

12 Points of Reference 135

13 The Big Picture 147

14 The Creative Touch 159

Afterword: Becoming a Stylish Writer 173

Appendix 177

Notes 183

Bibliography 199

Acknowledgments 213

Index 217

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