Intercultural Extraneity

Writing resources

Developing good communication skills is important to our ability to coherently relate intercultural artefacts. Remember that the goal of cultural studies is to interpret the meaning of cultural artefacts (written language, films, photographs, etc.)

More on the meaning of “artefacts” can be found in the wikipedia and MW dictionary definitions.

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Clear writing should begin with a defensible and meaningful thesis that: Clear writing should contain Also remember to:

Additionally, consider (a) the importance of conveying meaning in writing (which is what distinguishes more sophisticated writing from ‘breaking news’ articles); (b) continuing with that same point: consider the difference between listing the facts about something (which can be complex) and saying what they mean (which is the kind of complexity you should strive to articulate – it is harder); © to reiterate: it is not enough to identify an artefact though it is appreciated that recognizing certain artefact already requires some work (so good for you if you are getting that far, just don’t forget to finish the task); (d) if you are asked to apply a lens of theory to understand the meaning of something or to interpret the significance of an artefact, this means you are describing: the artefact and the theory, and then what they mean when considered together (this does not mean that the application of theory will have the ‘final say’ about the artefact – but it may be useful in understanding something about the artefact); (e) you may need to supply evidence of your artefact; (f) to help establish its meaning, consider its relevance (to you, to ‘real life’).

How to give peer feedback:

Providing feedback to writers

Recommended resource links:

(Note that the two PDF links to files do not contain proprietary material and are attributed to original authors):
How to select a topic
How to narrow down a topic
Topics of invention
Evaluating Resources (PDF)
Strategies for reading academic articles
Data quality
Critical reading
How to read in college
Taking notes: bullet journal, zettelkasten
Deliberation Guide (PDF)
Quote, paraphrase, summary, analysis; Rhetoric
Excellence, ethics, engagement, valuese.g.
Editing checklist
Declaration of academic integrity
Commenting vs. trolling
How to ask good questions
How to send an email to faculty

Recommended print resource: The Bedford Handbook, Diana Hacker – any edition.

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