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By Alan Durant, Nigel Fabb

The first e-book that literature scholars should still learn, this consultant finds the exact set of talents, conventions and techniques of essay and dissertation writing.

Taking scholars during the numerous levels of writing, from making plans to ultimate submission, it bargains particular instructions and a full of life, precise remark on genuine examples of pupil paintings at each one stage.

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Davies and R. Maud) London: Dent. pm 40 06/04/2005, 09:28 SELECTING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TEXTS 41 2. Some editions are considered more serious or scholarly than others, and you should try to use an edition which has some general legitimacy. This will often be referred to as an ‘authorised’, ‘standard’, ‘authoritative’ or ‘critical’ edition (see below for discussion of the features of such editions). It is worth remembering that the legitimacy of an edition may be disputed, though often such disputes are likely to be invisible to you.

Pm 40 06/04/2005, 09:28 SELECTING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TEXTS 41 2. Some editions are considered more serious or scholarly than others, and you should try to use an edition which has some general legitimacy. This will often be referred to as an ‘authorised’, ‘standard’, ‘authoritative’ or ‘critical’ edition (see below for discussion of the features of such editions). It is worth remembering that the legitimacy of an edition may be disputed, though often such disputes are likely to be invisible to you.

K. pm 24 06/04/2005, 09:27 DEVISING YOUR OWN TOPIC 25 Guide [focus (ii)], which argues that it is underrated and indicates why it should be viewed as a more significant achievement [mode of argument (a)]. Note that more than one focus can be adopted in any given essay, and different modes of argument can be combined. In our example, the evaluation of The Guide could involve a stylistic argument, so combining mode of argument (a) with mode of argument (b). While a single essay may draw on more than one perspective, however, it is important to establish which is the primary or organising mode of argument and what is the primary focus around which the essay is based.

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