The first prize goes to a sentence by the distinguished scholar Fredric Jameson, a man who on the evidence of his many admired books finds it difficult to write intelligibly and impossible to write well. Feel free to forward this message to other lists or internet sites.
In a field where unintended self-parody is so widespread, deliberate send-ups are hardly necessary. If reading Fredric Jameson is like swimming through cold porridge, there are writers who strive for incoherence of a more bombastic kind.
This is a mistake the authors of our our prize-winning passages seem determined to avoid. This is a mistake the authors of our prize-winning passages seem determined to avoid. She found a grand sentence in an essay by Stephen T.
Marcus University of California Press, Some of the entries are stunning, and we think almost all of them deserve a prize of some sort.
This is the real exteriority of the absolute outside: Of what he calls "post-modern ethnography," Professor Tyler says: Total presence breaks on the univocal predication of the exterior absolute the absolute existent of that of which it is not possible to univocally predicate an outside, while the equivocal predication of the outside of the absolute exterior is possible of that of which the reality so predicated is not the reality, viz.
Royal College in Canada. That incomprehensibility need not be long-winded is proven by our third-place winner, sent in by Richard Collier, who teaches at Mt. Ordinary journalism, fiction, etc. What can we add to that?
When interpreted from within the ideal space of the myth-symbol school, Americanist masterworks legitimized hegemonic understanding of American history expressively totalized in the metanarrative that had been reconstructed out of or more accurately read into these masterworks.
It was located by M. That these passages constitute bad writing is merely our opinion; it is arguable that anyone wanting to pursue an academic career should assiduously imitate such styles as are represented here.The Philosophy and Literature Bad Writing Contest ran from to For an essay giving background on the contest, click here.
We are pleased to announce winners of the fourth Bad Writing Contest, sponsored by the scholarly journal Philosophy and Literature. The Bad Writing Contest celebrates the most stylistically lamentable passages found in scholarly books and articles.
Philosophy and Literature Announces the Third Annual Bad Writing Contest Winners.Download