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The Elements of Academic Style [PDF / Epub] ☁ The Elements of Academic Style Author Eric Hayot – Thomashillier.co.uk Eric Hayot teaches graduate students and faculty in literary and cultural studies how to think and write like a professional scholar From granular concerns such as sentence structure and grammar to bi Eric Hayot of Academic PDF ↠ teaches graduate students and faculty in literary and cultural studies how to think and write like a professional scholar From granular concerns such as sentence structure and grammar to big picture issues such as adhering to genre patterns for successful The Elements ePUB ½ research and publishing and developing productive and rewarding writing habits Hayot helps ambitious students newly minted PhD's and established professors shape their work and develop their voicesHayot does than explain the techniues of academic writing He aims to adjust the writer's perspective encouraging Elements of Academic Kindle Ö scholars to think of themselves as makers and doers of important work Scholarly writing can be frustrating and exhausting yet also satisfying and crucial and Hayot weaves these experiences including his own trials and tribulations into an ethos for scholars to draw on as they write Combining psychological support with practical suggestions for composing introductions and conclusions developing a schedule for writing using notes and citations and structuring paragraphs and essays this guide to The Elements of Academic Style does its part to rejuvenate scholarship and writing in the humanities.

  • Hardcover
  • 246 pages
  • The Elements of Academic Style
  • Eric Hayot
  • 24 June 2015
  • 9780231168007

10 thoughts on “The Elements of Academic Style

  1. Joe Joe says:

    Several friends and colleagues recommended this book to me so I was surprised by how little I enjoyed it Part of the problem has to do with the kind of writing Hayot advocates—which is the echt academic genre of cultural theory Few of his examples of strong prose strike me as compelling There's even an odd moment when Frederic Jameson is held up as an avatar of styleBut his advice about writing is also often troubling For instance Hayot takes the valid insight that the interest of critical prose tends to hinge on the ability of the writer to move fluidly between the general and particular ideas and examples and reduces it to a formula The Uneven U which tells writers exactly how to structure the levels of abstraction in a paragraphEven though I disliked the tone of the book When trying to understand why people don't stick to regular schedules for writing Hayot seems only able to imagine excuses like cleaning the house or doing the dishes or heaven forfend a devotion to teaching—which he describes variously as a form of virtuous procrastination compensation and a task easier than writing 29 30 He comes off that is as someone who's never had to worry about anything urgent than the advancement of his career

  2. Cat Cat says:

    I'm teaching this book in my introduction to Graduate Studies book and its emphasis on some of the toughest structural and stylistic challenges of scholarly writing is offset with its lightness of touch Hayot's wit and frankness He begins the book with generative writing strategies reminiscent of Professors as Writers or How to Write a Lot A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing and his emphasis on habit building was generous and practical I also particularly liked his articulation of writing as thinking rather than writing as the fleshing out of a predetermined outline the importance of unstinting drafting have to have material before you can cut from it and the transformative uality of revision not just cosmetic but shaping I found myself constantly writing stars and smiley faces in the margins of his prose and he chooses engaging complex examples of literary and cultural studies scholarship to unpack The second half of the book is self confessedly scattershot as Hayot moves through a number of stylistic tics that he likes or doesn't like and explains why This felt less cohesive and powerful for me than the first half of the book which focused on writing experientially and structurally Hayot's diagramming of the uneven U made me think of my own composition process and paragraph structure in a new way I also like the manifesto uality of the very opening of the book where he talks about how unfortunate it is that institutions overlook writing training for graduate studentsUnlike many books or articles about scholarly writing the gusto and humor with which Hayot wrote his own book made me want to sit down and write rather than cower in the corner

  3. Derek Frasure Derek Frasure says:

    Great book for graduate students or professionals in the humanities There are a couple things readers will inevitably disagree with as much of this is subjective Hayot makes strong cases for all his strategies I found this book very clarifying and it helped me psychologically move past a stuck place in my dissertation writing

  4. Merry Merry says:

    Read for work Solid and analytical Longer review to follow?

  5. Kelly W. Kelly W. says:

    I bought this book when I began writing my dissertation and it was an incredibly important resource for learning how to craft an academic text that was frankly very intimidating There wasn’t a lot of institutional instruction on how to write at the graduate level at my school so Hayot’s book came in handy when trying to find my way as a writer in the humanities I especially found the chapter on “the uneven U” to be helpful as my biggest problem as a younger student was crafting paragraphs that built on one another and made substantial points without sounding like a list of random ideasHayot’s book is easy to read both because his prose is straightforward and practical and because each chapter is short and to the point I also liked that many chapters had diagrams or tables to help illustrate Hayot’s point visually and information on any particular subject is easy to find thanks to the book’s organization I also enjoyed his prose as he inserts some fun uips into his discussion of very serious topicsIf there’s any drawback to this book it’s that the “uneven U” which is simultaneously the part I found most helpful is a bit hard to implement if you’re not sure how this strategy works There are also some examples of style advice which some readers may disagree with But overall I found it immensely helpful as a younger grad and I think it is a good resource for those looking to improve their academic work It might not be very useful for those writing for a scientific or popular audience as the title specifies that it’s for graduate students in the humanities but I do think those with an interest in academic writing could find it thought provoking nonetheless

  6. Alyssa Alyssa says:

    This book is uite illuminating to a new grad student like me I love the way Hayot describes some things such as showing only the tip of your ice burg or avoid giving your reader all of your background info and research Using that advice really helped me decide what was important and what wasn't important in my papers for classI still struggle with the uneven U because I can totally tell a 5 from a 1 but the middle numbers sort of jumble together for me no matter how many times I reread that section It trips me up that a 4 in one paragraph might function as a 2 or a 3 in anotherI won't say I completely have this book's message down; the conference paper I'm currently writing proves that isn't yet the case However I feel like a confident graduate student writer after having studied this book

  7. Daniel Daniel says:

    Hayot means well but this book left a bad taste in my mouth There were some helpful comments like when he says that the work you do in your first years after starting graduate school will determine in almost every case the first decade or so of your life as a publishing scholar 119 His ideas on writing as process were also very useful But I found his comments on style which occupy roughly 23 of the book commonsensical and even trite oftentimes I think he's a mediocre stylist an awkward humorist and I often felt as though he wasn't ualified to advise his readers on matters of style Also he seems to have a knack for picking tedious unnecessarily long passages to illustrate his points

  8. Kari Kari says:

    Full disclosure I adore books about writing I don't find Hayot's minute analysis of the writing process here to be helpful though Much of his advice seems to consist of the kinds of strategies that one develops naturally as one reads and writes Does breaking everything down really help understand what makes good writing good? In some cases yes; but in this case I don't think so Hayot's many examples can also be difficult to follow being lifted from knotty texts and end up amounting to an euivalent of these are a few of my faaaaavorite things

  9. Lacey Lacey says:

    When I started graduate school and began to hand in writing for the first time in my life I received a fair amount of criticism but much of it without any real suggestions for how to improve my writing to suit the work I was now doing It seemed like academic writing was just something I was expected to know how to do without anyone telling me or at least that I would figure it outSo when I saw this come up on I picked it up for my Kindle and planned to read it hoping that it would make clear to me whatever it was that I had missed and of course never did until it was assigned in my Intro to Grad Studies classHaving finished it I can say that there are a number of useful concepts tips and tricks here that I know I'll use regularly For my own part I found the chapter on writing habits particularly useful since I have a hard time integrating writing into my everyday work By contrast I found the chapter on paragraph structure the Uneven U and the numbered levels of sentences a bit complicated and difficult to understand I don't think this is a fault of the author simply that I need to return to it when I have time and less deadlinesI greatly appreciated Hayot's conversational style and humor and his willingness to talk about the meta of writing like the writing habits or the importance of conceptualizing writing as being a sort of larger workshop I confess I don't agree with his freuent praise of Frederic Jameson's writing style but it's of a stylistic issue and of course some things mentioned in here must be left up to individual style preferenceI would therefore recommend this book to new graduate students in the humanities as a way of becoming introduced to academic writing and to the shift to professional writing Even if you don't entirely agree with what he says here or always understand it it has the positive effect of making you aware and thoughtful about your own writing and thereby begins a necessary step in the process

  10. Jeri Jeri says:

    Scholars should look at this book as an example to position themselves toward the rest of the world There are suggestions and readings on the craft of writing that I do not fully understand or necessarily agree with Yet that does not prevent me from gaining support guidance and importantly a sense of academic collectivity from Eric Hayot's writing

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