Writing an article

Writing an article
What is involved in writing and finishing a journal article? The article in question is concerned with how Norbert Elias’s ideas about pronouns relate to their ‘on the page‘ use by white people writing letters and a diary in 1871, and beyond that with the combined ‘theory and method‘ involved in analysing these writings. Any idea that it was produced through late night high-minded intellectual conversations, Elias’s Collected Works in one hand and a glass of something pleasant in the other, misses the mark by a mile! Inveterate keepers of email and their attachments, we know there were hundreds of email exchanges over the relevant period, many of which also had draft of pieces of writing attached, and there were also Skype meetings and a number of face-to-face meetings at conferences and for an extended period in Edinburgh. A detailed list of these, derived from the archived detail, will appear next week.

How to think about this list, what is it? It is a trace of the process that has been engaged in. It is also and at the same time a record of the many traces that constitute this process, and so it is a trace of traces. It’s also a bit startling because it really does convey the large amount of work that has gone into thinking about, devising, researching, analysing, writing, revising, re-writing, that has gone into making the revised article that is just (we hope!) about to be sent off.

 

Last updated: 26 September 2019


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