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ERIC Number: ED261404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 33
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Problem Definition in English Department and Other Academic Writing.
MacDonald, Susan Peck
Academic writing is distinguished by its being a problem solving activity, no matter how tentative the solutions. In this regard, writing about literature is a form of academic writing that shares the same assumptions as other academic writing. The problem solving activity of the literary interpreter consists of discovering, preserving, or creating complexity. While the scientist's goal may be to solve or reduce problems, the literary interpreter's goal is to preserve problems, playing with them in such a way as to preserve the importance of the text. And, unlike scientific problems that are publicly discernible, limited in number, communal, and generalizable, the problems available to the literary interpreter are comparatively undefined. If there is a continuum within academic writing from defined to undefined problems, future research on composing needs to examine whether the predefined and well-defined problems of certain kinds of writing alter the nature of the composing process. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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