Historical Writing

October 9, 2018 |  Tagged , | Comments Off on Historical Writing

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Sam Hurley

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 History engages the Public

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Dr. Katherine Antonova

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 3 October 2018

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Moyn vs Cormac

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The art of writing has always been tricky. A writer must engage with their choice of a particular audience as well as use words that paint a picture and tell a story. For scholarly and academic writers they also must keep the subject matter clear and the evidence to back up their topic in order. The audience and how they are informed about a particular subject or context can be swayed by the word choice that is provided. For students and readers who are new to a particular subject matter or researchers, how written works are introduced to them also have an influence from the person who told them about the source as well as the person or group that provides it.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Sam Moyn research paper or response to a few books and particular topics can clarify the argument that is being made. Moyn is a distinguish History professor as well as a Law professor at Yale University. Having worked as a professor and teacher with Yale and other Ivy League schools across America, he is fairly known in his field. The essay he published in 2015 is titled with a bold and intriguing choice of words to grab an audience—Bonfire of Humanities: Historians are losing their audience, and searching for the next trend won’t win it back.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Moyn is obviously directing his comments or as a trendy choice of words may put it, “taking a shot at” historians and the way that they write. Simultaneously, he seems to be attempting to uplift and guide them out, by saying “searching for the next trend won’t win [it] back.” Nonetheless, that is only the title of what he has written, but once the reader actually begins to read his work, patience is required. He has a dry tone in which he is writing in, making his work dense.

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 For this particular work, his audience can vary because he touches on a subject area like the humanities that has so many sections. Since his audience is so broad his writing is also geared to approach such a larger crowd, but the choice of vocabulary diminishes the crowd. Understanding that history is constantly evolving and changing, younger historians who have the task of keeping history by writing, talking, teaching, and reviewing it through a process may change. There are various forms of historians and some may not approach it with the same understanding and learning curve as Moyn.

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 For those who are not historians and may read literature like Sam Moyn’s article can find it hard to grapple when phrases like “though they did not write history, inadvertently made the modern historical profession possible by repudiating grand theory in order to establish a cherished fact.” It is not hard to grab a dictionary and define a few of the words used here and replace it with a more friendly or informal choice of vocabulary, but for the reader who is not as educated as Moyn may think, they are most likely not going to read something like this. It is too dense and the vocabulary can be confusing or threatening.

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 In similar fashion to Sam Moyn’s article about history changing and how historians should keep up Cormac Shine also wrote a piece on the subject. Cormac Shine is a historian, but he is not a professor like his colleague. He primarily focuses on research and freelance writing. He has a “younger” or more “modern” way at looking at history. Not that Moyn is not engaged with social media, but Shine is just a bit more in tune with social media. He has a large European and American following on both Instagram and Twitter. Already based on this small bio of Cormac one can see his approach to a topic like such may be received more by a larger crowd.

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 Cormac says “the power of the humanities is that they allow us to reflect on what society is and should be in a way that other disciplines cannot.” Simple language and straight to the point defining what humanities are and should be. That also fits right together with his title Our world is changing, It’s time for historians to explain why. Shine understands the attention span of many people, historians and scholars included, is at a limit. Not taking long to explain what his topic is and building a story, Cormac does just that in less than two pages.

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Cormac article was published by the Guardian January 18th, 2018, which is more recent with current events and the increase of writings on the web, in newspapers, magazines, and articles being published for various groups. Cormac two most important pros in his article were the use of friendly words and how direct and short it was. There were a few moments information was mentioned that the reader may not know, but Cormac provided it as a way that more research can be done to read and learn more about various moments in history and the humanities.

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 Moyn’s article did what Cormac’s article introduced as a gateway. Moyn spoke to the reader as if they understood or knew about all the information that was used to help him write the piece. Unless it is a scholar, a person deeply interested in the subject, or a researcher, most people just do not have the time or is interested in reading books on old historians and past topics or people not commonly known to the public, then getting back to Moyn’s article to understand. Moyn took about ten pages to explain what Cormac did in barely one and a half.

15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 As historians, scholars, researchers, editors, writers, and teachers may read many different accounts of literature in a week, there are little tricks and methods to find what you need and move on to the next topic. Most times the conclusion is read first and then the introduction or vice versa. It was difficult to understand Sam Moyn’s argument in his article as he tried to approach the reader with common used language and thoughts as saying “for the coming generation one thing is clear: thinking will have to become our profession.” However, through the article, it is very confusing what his argument is without constantly having to go back to remember the title after looking up the books and people, then defining every phrase and word to understand his point of view.

16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 Introduce and inform can be the best approach to writing for a large population. Unless it is a book, writers should possibly keep it straight and to the point while providing lite information to further research if need be. With this small and effective approach that audience with a small attention span can read the entire works of various scholars.  It is not always because the reader lacks the education to comprehend the material, but how the material is provided and introduced. With the increase of literature and information provided by internet writers of all sorts have a greater challenge of maintaining an audience and conveying correct information.


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