Greenblatt on Style

Stephen Greenblatt: “On Style: Ten Rules and a Desire” Greenblatt is a Harvard professor and Shakespeare scholar, author most recently of The Swerve. You might find his basic rules useful to give to students, or for developing your own list for your teaching. One of his key points is that there are rules for writing,… Read More Greenblatt on Style

Zombie Nouns

Helen Sword’s discussion of “Zombie Nouns”: a problem wherein sentences become weighed down with verbs that have been turned into nouns (yes the passive is deliberate), and the subject of the sentence runs into hiding. An extended excerpt from her argument follows: Take an adjective (implacable) or a verb (calibrate) or even another noun (crony) and… Read More Zombie Nouns