Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Info Dump

And here's another nice piece gleaned from my blog reading: Jonathan Mayhew on the "info dump" in scholarly writing.

The undergraduate version of the "info dump" in essays about narrative literature: a detailed plot summary of the short story, narrative poem, novel, or play in question, full of tidbits from the plot that might be interesting to know but are utterly irrelevant to what the paper is actually about.

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