New PDF release: 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing

By Gary Provost

ISBN-10: 0451627210

ISBN-13: 9780451627216

This is often the single consultant that any one who writes--whether scholar, enterprise individual, or expert writer--should wear the table beside pencil, pen, typewriter, or notice processor. jam-packed with specialist counsel and a wealth of instructive examples, this beneficial, easy-to-use guide can assist remedy any and all writing difficulties.

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However, I would not go so far as to claim that a better grasp of the historical context of Writing Without Teachers allows us to explicate fully all the enigmatic gestures found in the text. Such a project seems well beyond the purview of this brief essay. So I would conclude by returning us to the preface of Writing Without Teachers. In these initial remarks to his readers, Elbow informs us that “I particularly want this book to help students not enrolled in a writing class and people out of school altogether” (vii).

However, I would not go so far as to claim that a better grasp of the historical context of Writing Without Teachers allows us to explicate fully all the enigmatic gestures found in the text. Such a project seems well beyond the purview of this brief essay. So I would conclude by returning us to the preface of Writing Without Teachers. In these initial remarks to his readers, Elbow informs us that “I particularly want this book to help students not enrolled in a writing class and people out of school altogether” (vii).

Since all knowledge, we are reminded, is socially constructed, doubting or deconstructing our belief systems becomes the primary intellectual enterprise. Critique becomes the only means we have of escaping the barely visible shaping forces around us. And, to put the matter frankly, those who advocate unconditional belief systems (sometimes encoded in moral commonplaces) strike us as dogmatic, unreflecting, and embarrassing. This elevation of skepticism to a First Principle creates the sort of imbalance that Elbow would always criticize.

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