Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

 
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Rachel Toor
The Chronicle of Higher Education (15 April 2010)

“Many people—publishers of scholarly work, editors at higher-education publications, agents looking for academic authors capable of writing trade books—who think about the general quality of scholarly prose would admit that we’re in a sorry state, and most would say there isn’t much to do about it.


But George Orwell did something about it. In 1946 he wrote ‘Politics and the English Language,’ an essay that explains the connections between bad writing and bad thinking as well as the political consequences: ‘Modern [insert the word “academic” here] English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step toward political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional [or scholarly] writers.’”


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