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When students only have read a few poems, in exclusively academic contexts, they often approach poetry with what the li...

Friday, November 18, 2016

Answer to a questionnaire


1.     Please feel free to add any additional feedback not previously mentioned in this questionnaire. Despite my negativity above, I feel that the project is admirable in some ways: the dedication to this work, and the level of detail in explicating it, is evidence of an enormous investment of time, energy, and intelligence. Unfortunately, this sort of effort does not translate into a scholarly monograph of high quality. The problem is that a scholar must know his or her public and be attuned to what sort of arguments / theories and what level of detail this public will respond to. This is a question of rhetoric, more than anything else. How do you convince a reader of the importance of the subject matter and of the relevance of a set of theories?  You cannot take these things for granted. 

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