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FYI: Bad Writing is rewarding!

Author: alan harris

FYI Body: Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 506.
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[1] From: Paul Richard Blum <106233.1104@COMPUSERVE.COM> (62)
Subject: fwd:Bad Writing Contes

CALL FOR ENTRIES. Philosophy and Literature announces the third
Bad Writing Contest. Please cross-post the following
announcement on related lists for humanities, culture theory,
philosophy, social sciences, criticism, editing, etc.


The Philosophy and Literature Bad Writing Contes

The challenge of the Bad Writing Contest is to come up with the
ugliest, most stylistically awful single sentence from a
published scholarly book or article. Ordinary journalism,
fiction, etc. not allowed, nor is translation from other
languages into English. Entries must be non-ironic, from actual
serious academic journals or books--parodies cannot be admitted
in a field where unintentional self-parody is so rampant.
Winning entries will be checked by our researchers before prizes
are awarded.

Judging will be by editorial staff of Philosophy and Literature.
Finder of the winning sentence will have first choice from among
the following titles, second prize will be a choice of the
remaining books, and so on. The seven prize books are: Rewriting
the Soul, by Ian Hacking (Princeton), The Magician's Doubts:
Nabokov and the Risks of Fiction, by Michael Wood (Princeton),
Dilemmas of Enlightenment, by Oscar Kenshur (California); Killing
Time, by Paul Feyerabend (Chicago); Anti-Mimesis from Plato to
Hitchcock, by Tom Cohen (Cambridge); Compulsive Beauty, by Hal
Foster (MIT); Georges Bataille, by Michael Richardson
(Routledge). If necessary, there will be a eight prize (a copy
of the journal Social Text) and ninth prize (two copies of Social

We've fine prizes for this third contest, so join the fun! Please
use the subject heading "Bad writing entry" and copy the posting
directly to Denis Dutton, editor of Philosophy and Literature, so
we can keep track of the entries:

The contest deadline: 31 January 1997.


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group, PHIL-LIT, by sending the message





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