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Can Scholarly Writing Do Anything Useful?

Date: Thursday February 28, 2013
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William Germano, Cooper Union, author of Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books and From Dissertation to BookN.B. This session is intended for graduate students.

We read fast, we skim, we comb texts by means of indexes and with Search functions. Digitality is the game-changer of academic life, but in a sense it’s an extension of the processes of accelerated reading that have characterized scholarly research for a very long time – centuries, in fact. How is the kind of reading we’re doing right now changing the way scholarship we’re producing? And what does that mean for the young scholar still at work on the dissertation? Can scholarly writing do anything useful? (The answer is yes, but it isn’t obvious how.)

This talk will explore models of academic writing in the era of fast reading and slow markets.

Sponsored by the Teaching Resource Center’s Tomorrow’s Professor Today Program

William Germano is professor of English literature and dean of the faculty of humanities and social sciences at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is the author of From Dissertation to Book (2005; 2nd ed. 2013) and Getting It Published (2001; 2nd ed. 2008). He also writes on film, opera, Shakespeare, and issues related to scholarly life. He writes regularly for the Chronicle of Higher Ed’s blog Lingua Franca. You might follow him on Twitter @WmGermano, though he’s still not sure what 140 characters can do.

 

William Germano

 

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