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Andrew Balmer and Anne Murcott

Appendix ). In this chapter we concentrate on some of the ways in which writing a dissertation builds upon what we hope you have already grasped about essay writing from what we have covered so far. In the process, we also point out some of the important differences between essays and dissertations. We focus on how you can piece together an argument in your dissertation by ensuring that you answer a range of implicit questions that could be posed of your work. But before moving on to any of these, we begin in the next section with the major task of identifying

in The craft of writing in sociology
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Andrew Balmer and Anne Murcott

provide and the question you are answering is crucial to making sure that you present your own argument and not merely the arguments you find in the literature. Paragraphs and sentences In the Introduction we argued that essay writing means thinking not only about the content but also about how to communicate that content. In turn, conveying what you want to say does not just require constructing an argument, providing evidence or making sure your punctuation does not mislead; it also requires attending to the organisation and coherence of the essay or

in The craft of writing in sociology
Dawn Lyon

looking back. Fascinated by the essay-writing technique (Himmelweit et al. 1952 ; Veness 1962 ; Jahoda et al. 2002 ), Pahl undertook this sub-project early on during his time on Sheppey as part of his efforts to understand how the chronic economic challenges of the period were affecting ordinary people’s everyday lives locally. It was one of his exploratory projects – ‘sort of a pilot thing’ (interview with Pahl, July 2009 ). Inspired by this material, and by other research using similar techniques to explore young people’s aspirations, hopes and dreams (Rex and

in Revisiting Divisions of Labour
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Nicholas Royle

that secret, which escapes. 9 Away, ‘in a way that is vital’. This-a-way: the vital, the quick as lightning, the ‘living instant’, ‘right away’. As she observes in ‘Writing Blind’, ‘Without words as witnesses the instant (will not have been ) is not’ (146). Writing. Awaywithwords. As she says at the start of that essay, ‘writing is first of all a departure, an embarkation, an expedition’ (139). Irreducibly multiple, growing and dying (‘But dying is not what we think’ [148]), every piece of writing is a sortie, a departure, a launch and release, a raid, an

in Hélène Cixous
Hogarth’s bodies
Frédéric Ogée

control and refine their passions and desires by rubbing and polishing them within the group. They could thus reach that equilibrium, that ‘happy medium’ mentioned above, which was, in effect, the ideological designation of a social space, the public sphere of the ‘middle class’, whose ­territory c­ontinued to expand by pushing the nobility and ‘the vulgar’ increasingly to the sides. Conversation painting, like Addison’s essay writing, thus appears as the visual record – and modelling – of this search for the perfect balance, as the representation of the refinement of

in Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century
David Ian Rabey

achieve is the correct emotional level of the scene. We never talk about the overall purpose or ideological content of a scene, which I may not know myself. AUDIENCE MEMBER: I’m curious about the origins of your involvements in theatre, at university, or how else as a poet you were drawn to such a performative medium. HB: I was not involved in theatre as a student at all; though as a student I wrote poetry and novels, unpublished quite rightly, but someone said to me that I wrote good dialogue, and I essayed writing a dialogue piece for radio: so I came to the theatre

in Howard Barker’s Art of Theatre
Sian Barber

of work. Conclusion This chapter has offered advice on how to present your research. However, each piece of work is different and you should remember that the approach outlined here is simply a model of good practice; more information on how to present your research will be offered as part of your course of study. Sessions on essay writing, using library resources and time management can really help you to develop your work and your ideas and will give you a clear indication of what is required of you by your institution and department. The final section of this

in Using film as a source
Marie Mulvey-Roberts

that she found it difficult to write imaginatively while also being occupied with the demands of exam revision and essay writing. She had a particular reason for wanting to distinguish herself academically, since she harboured ambitions to remain at Bristol as a postgraduate – telling Father Brocard, for example, that ‘the reason why it behoves me to work very hard for my exams is that I want to be invited to stay on and study some more’ (AC to FB, 18 May 1965). But, particularly with that added pressure, she found the process of examination and assessment stressful

in The arts of Angela Carter
Judging Jews in Zuckerman Bound
David Brauner

assumes the voice of his most recent girlfriend, Laura, in order to condemn his part in their recent split. Having persuasively presented the evidence of his own guilt, he comments that ‘[h]e could only hope that she wouldn’t be able to make the case against him as well as he himself could’ (248). 4 For a detailed discussion of the reception of these stories, see Roth’s essayWriting About Jews’ (Roth 2001a: 193–211). 5 In ‘Writing About Jews’, he quotes from a letter from an irate reader who sets Roth a series of questions about his story, ‘Epstein’, including: ‘“Is

in Philip Roth
Regicide, radicalism and George IV, 1811–30
Steve Poole

–30 155 reasoned essay writing over the emotional theatre of the mass platform has left us with an abundance of republican literature, but the depth of its political and cultural purchase is far from certain. Platform radicalism largely retained its faith in constitutional precedent, and the rational republican rejection of Christianity as a superstition no less illogical than monarchy, was almost a guarantee of marginalism. As we saw in the 1790s, however, sympathy for Paineite rationalism did not always presuppose fully fledged enthusiasm for republican deism. While

in The politics of regicide in England, 1760–1850