Janet Giltrow's Academic Writing: Writing and Reading in the Disciplines has been widely acclaimed in all its editions as a superb textbook—and an important contribution to the pedagogy of introducing university and college students to the conventions of writing in an academic milieu. Academic Writing: An Introduction is a concise version of Giltrow's full work, designed to be more accessible as a text for certain sorts of one-term courses. The new book reorganizes the text into eleven short chapters, eliminating many of the readings and adapting the discussion and exercises. Much of the most strongly theoretical material has been abridged or recontextualized, and a glossary of key terms has been added. The resulting book, however, remains meaningfully informed by theory, especially genre theory. Like Academic Writing: Writing and Reading in the Disciplines, it also remains grounded in the particular; throughout the text examples of actual academic writing of the sort that students grapple with daily are presented and discussed.
Janet Giltrow is Professor and Associate Head, Graduate Studies, in the English Department at the University of British Columbia. Her articles have appeared in such journals as American Literature, Sinn und Form, Style, Technostyle, Studies in the Novel, Modern Language Review and Technical Writing and Communication, and in collections on feminist narratology, genre theory, and ESL, as well as in collections on other topics in rhetoric and literary studies. She is a winner of the 3M Teaching Fellowship.Daniel Burgoyne and Richard Gooding teach in the English Department at the University of British Columbia, and are co-authors of the Canadian edition of the New Century Handbook.Marlene Sawatsky is a senior lecturer in the English Department at Simon Fraser University.
"Like any complex rhetorical art, good academic writing is less a matter of conforming to rules than of exercising judgment, informed by a sense of audience expectations and developed by disciplined practice. Academic Writing: An Introduction is one of those rare guides that knows this, and helps students help themselves. Its discussions of academic genres, styles, and knowledge-making processes explain the complex cognitive and social principles of academic discourse with remarkable clarity. As students work through the book’s many imaginative exercises, they will find themselves developing a new level of rhetorical judgment. Not only will they will they be better equipped to deal with writing assignments in a variety of disciplines; they will likely go on improving as writers after their introductory course has been completed." - Brian Turner, Centre for Academic Writing, University of Winnipeg"A remarkably rich resource for...practice, instruction, and research in academic writing." - Olga Gladkova, University of Waterloo"In no other composition text have I found as rich an explanation of qualitative research methods—a systematic approach to research and analysis." - Nanci Burns-McCoy, University of Idaho"Academic Writing is a superb book. It is steeped in contemporary rhetorical theory, packed with examples of writing in the disciplines, and full of unusual and effective exercises. The book is eminently practical: it helps the reader understand and enter into the discourse of academic life." - Anthony Pare, Director, Centre for the Study of Teaching of Writing, McGill University“All of the lessons in Academic Writing: An Introduction are illuminating and entirely useful. Students will love this introductory text for its relevance to their academic lives; instructors will love it for its theoretical coherence. The exercises are unique, the examples of scholarly prose broad and current, and the tone of the authors patient and hospitable.” - Sheila Ross, Douglas College