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Spring 2019
Jun 12, 2021
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GERM 720 - Writing Toward Publication
Course Highlights

	Designed for advanced PhD students in German, Linguistics, Spanish/Portuguese

	Focuses on producing an article-length publication based on an existing research paper 

	Introduces scholarship on academic writing and academic genres; analyzes model articles in a range of fields

	Includes extensive feedback from peers and from both professors, with disciplinary expertise in Applied Linguistics (Ryshina-Pankova) and Literary Studies (Eigler) 

	Features a Roundtable with Journal Editors (with colleagues from FL departments) 

Course Description and Aims
This course is a writing intensive, works-in-progress seminar for graduate students seeking to prepare an article for publication. It will explore the everyday challenges of writing and introduce students to the professional practices and protocols of journal publication. During the semester, participants will analyze the genres of an academic research article and article abstract and their most salient features, explore potential publication venues, read and comment on the work of their peers, learn how to interpret and generate feedback in the form of ‘reader’s reports,’ and revise and present their own essay. The final task of the course entails submitting your essay for publication in the journal of your choice (graduate student journal or a regular professional journal).

By offering the course to PhD students from several programs and areas of specialization, the course provides a unique opportunity to explore the relationship between disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship, to expand your understanding of key debates in a range of fields, and to consider current transformations in the practices of knowledge production in higher education more widely. This dimension of the course will be further enhanced by the instructors’ disciplinary expertise in Applied Linguistics (Ryshina-Pankova) and Literary Studies (Eigler). By engaging with a range of research projects, students will explore how objects of study are constituted by specific methodological practices and reading protocols, including those organized by frameworks of (cultural) theory, literature, visual culture, discourse analysis, language pedagogy, and applied linguistics. 

The course is designed for graduate students who already have a substantive research paper (of 12-20 pages in length) and who want to focus on the process of producing a ‘stand alone,’ article-length publication based on the existing paper. [We ask that all students interested in the course submit title and abstract of their research paper by Monday, December 10 to Profs. Eigler and Ryshina-Pankova; by January 2nd, 2019 we request the complete paper, accompanied by a brief assessment of the respective professor and/or advisor.]

Class format

The majority of class time will be devoted to the writing of participants. There will be roughly three stages: the initial workshop, two team workshops, and the final submission of the essay at the end of the term. During the initial workshop (weeks 3-6), each author will offer a five-minute introduction to her/his essay, briefly review the critical context of the work in question and the disciplinary debates that inform it (this information should also be in the author’s letter to the class that accompanies the distribution of the essay.) The author’s presentation will be followed by two ‘reader’s reports’ from class participants who have been assigned to review the essay. 

Team workshops will take place in weeks 7, 8, 9 for Draft 2, and 11, 12 for Draft 3. The class session will entail one-on-one discussion of team member essays. Authors will write a response to the readers’ reports from the initial workshop to accompany the distribution of the second draft. Responders will pay attention to whether or not earlier suggestions have been adequately addressed and offer cogent, substantive comments for the additional revision. Team composition will be rearranged for the second team workshop to ensure the widest readership possible. The final task is your submission of the completed essay, complete with cover letter to journal of your choice. 

In addition to these workshops, we will examine outstanding published articles in a range of fields and devote one class session to discussing specific journals that are appropriate venues for essay submission. This session will be organized around journals reports. Each participant will write two 1-2 pg. reports. These reports are intended to teach us how to read journals as potential contributors, such that we hone our ability to gauge the appropriateness of our work to the mission of specific publication venues.

Throughout the course we will discuss the psychic life of writing, which involves both the pleasure and the terror of the blank screen. Our goal is to convert the academic demand for publication into a generative process of learning, which entails exploring the relationship between thinking and writing, and sharing the challenges this entails in a collaborative workshop setting. The discussion space of each week’s meeting is also intended as an open forum to address the issues that arise for you as we proceed.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

German Department

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