Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 186. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2018-11-14 16:13:01+00:00 From: Patricia Galloway
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.184: The art of the overview? Here's one thing: your h-index will soar if you are good at broad views... Pat Galloway On 11/13/2018 11:59 PM, Humanist wrote: > Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 184. > Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London > www.dhhumanist.org > Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org > > > > > Date: 2018-11-14 05:49:26+00:00 > From: Willard McCarty > Subject: The art of overview > > In a discussion with colleagues about the merits of a particular essay, > the one or two specialists among us had difficulty with this essay’s > sacrifice of detail in the interests of achieving its broad view of the subject. > As an interdisciplinary explorer of many subjects, I particularly value such > overviews, perhaps too much — because I often am in desperate need of them. > Another genre I value is one in which the author is intent on exploring where > it might be possible reasonably to draw limits to a polysemous or radically > inclusive concept (e.g. model, paraphrase). This means allowing that such > expansiveness has a point, not disallowing the validity of the concept altogether. > > In both cases there’s an art to writing such things, or better, several > ways of doing it well so that the specialist can reasonably be expected to > allow their value. One scholar whose work I admire, the historian of Greek religion > Walter Burkert, wrote such things in a kind of rhythm of close and far, zooming in > for inspection of minute detail, then zooming out for the overall pattern. Somewhere > Ian Hacking advises that it’s always good to have many examples to hand. Sometimes > one simply knows an author has done his or her homework; the authority is implicit. > > So, my question. Who has written about this art or arts (with examples, please)? > > Thanks for any pointers. > > Yours, > WM _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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