Authorship: From Plato to the Postmodern by Seán Burke

By Seán Burke

This finished reader offers an effective theoretical base for all scholars of authorship, with key writings via Plato, Shelley, Freud, Eliot, Derrida, Barthes, Sartre, Foucault, Descartes, Nietzsche, and Borges.

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Teachers and parents who claim that they are seeing a decline in the writing abilities of their students and children mainly support the negative-impact argument. Other teachers and researchers suggest that texting provides a way for teens to practice writing in a casual setting and thus helps prepare them to write formally. Experts and students themselves, however, report that they see no effect, positive or negative. Anecdotal experiences should not overshadow the actual evidence. Cullington’s use of simple, declarative sentences (“Other teachers and researchers suggest .

Having been trained (like most American boys) to dread the accusation of doing anything “like a girl,” athletes were said to grow into the assumption that women were valueless, and natural prey. ” A response to what others have said. Whatever your topic, it’s unlikely that you’ll be the first one to write about it. And if, as this chapter assumes, all academic writing is part of a larger conversation, you are in a way adding your own voice to that conversation. One good way of doing that is to present your ideas as a response to what others have said about your topic — to begin by quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing what others have said and then to agree, disagree, or both.

Research and write a report on the environmental effects of electricity-generating windmills. Work with a team to write a proposal and create a multimedia presentation for a sales campaign. Whatever you’re studying, you’re surely going to be doing a lot of writing, in classes from various disciplines — the above assignments, for example, are from psychology, environmental science, and marketing. Academic writing can serve a number of different purposes — to argue for what you think about a topic and why, to report on what’s known about an issue, to propose a solution for some problem, and so on.

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