Writing as manual labour of the mind

A recent Inside Higher Ed blog post extols the virtues of a book of reflections on academic writing by a range of thinkers, critics and intellectuals.

The book, called Critical Intellectuals on Writing, includes contributions from Luce Irigaray, Stanley Fish, Judith Butler and Slavoj Žižek among others – all discussing how they approach their writing. From the summaries given on the Insider Higher Ed blog, it seems that there are almost as many approaches as there are academics, with some thinkers having a fairly clear agument in mind and others working from a much less structured place. What is clear, is that no one model works for everyone (the post’s author admits that he does not use the book to look for models but merely to ‘gain energy’ to progress his own writing), and that the writers view the task of writing in very different ways.

To read the full post, go to: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/mclemee/mclemee313

And if you’re interested to read the whole book, you can get it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Critical-Intellectuals-Writing-Gary-Olson/dp/0791458423

 

 

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