Books by Helen Sword
Air & Light & Time & SpaceHow Successful Academics Write
(Harvard University Press, 2017)How do successful academics write, and where do they find the “air and light and time and space,” in the words of poet Charles Bukowski, to get their writing done? Grounded in empirical research and focused on sustainable change, Air & Light & Time & Space offers faculty, research fellows, and students a customizable blueprint for refreshing their personal habits and creating a collegial environment where all writers can flourish.
Stylish Academic Writing
(Harvard University Press, 2012)Elegant data and ideas deserve elegant expression, argues Helen Sword in this lively guide to academic writing. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions, and for specialists who want to write for a larger audience but are unsure where to begin, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books a pleasure to read—and to write.
The Writer's DietA Guide to Fit Prose
(The University of Chicago Press, 2016)Is your writing flabby or fit? The Writer's Diet will help you energize your writing, boost your verbal fitness, and strip unnecessary padding from your prose. Learn five simple secrets for producing healthier sentences, then take the WritersDiet Test at http://www.writersdiet.com to check out your results.
Pacific Rim Modernisms
(co-edited by Mary Ann Gillies and Steven Yao; University of Toronto Press, 2009)Tracing vectors of appropriation, migration, and exchange, Pacific Rim Modernisms explores how writers, artists, and intellectuals of the Pacific Rim have contributed to modernist culture, literature, and identity. The fourteen essays in the volume reflect a range of scholarly perspectives and methodologies, expressing varied viewpoints, divergent voices, and even contradictory definitions of Modernism itself.
(Cornell University Press, 2002)Ghostwriting Modernism documents the hitherto unexplored relationship between modernism and spiritualism, offering compelling readings of works by modernist authors and contemporary mediums. Like modernism itself, spiritualism embraces rather than eschews paradox, providing an ideological space where conservative beliefs can coexist with radical, even iconoclastic, thought and action.
Engendering InspirationVisionary Strategies in Rilke, Lawrence, and H.D.
(University of Michigan Press, 1995)In a culture where passivity and receptivity are stereotypically deemed feminine traits, while authority and power are typically associated with maleness, the idea of poetic inspiration sets up a conflict between traditional gender roles. Engendering Inspiration documents how three modernist poets came to terms with the fundamentally gendered paradoxes of inspiration.