necessarily in this order):
The place of this book in the author’s oeuvre
o Publication details, dates and any significance
o key themes and their contribution to the author’s project
The place of this book in a set of debates
o Is the author contributing to established debates?
o Is the author defining new areas for debate?
Critical remarks regarding
o Style and content
Please choose one of the following for your critical review listed below (later editions are fine): and inform me which book you will
1) Foucault, M. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences , London: Routledge, 1989.
2) Foucault, M. The Archaeology of Knowledge , London: Routledge,
3) Foucault, M. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison , London: Penguin Books, 1977.
4)Deleuze, G. Difference and Repetition , London: Athlone Press, 1994.
5) Deleuze, G. The Logic of Sense , New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.
6) Badiou, A. Being and Event , London: Continuum, 2005.
The deadline for the submission of the critical review is Thursday November 28th 2013 before 3.30pm.
Also, Make sure your essay has an introduction which is an introduction to the essay, not necessarily the topic. Outline the points you
will make in the essay in the order in which you will make them.
2) Address the topic throughout the essay, not just in the introduction and conclusion. Ideally it should be clear how each major point
you make advances your discussion of the topic.
3) You must address the question but not necessarily answer it. As your essay should consider arguments pro and contra any position,
you might feel ultimately undecided. So you don’t need to conclude yes or no, but you do need to keep the material you discuss relevant
to an understanding of the topic at hand.
4) When you do have your own opinion on a topic, treat it as an argument, considering both sides and its weaknesses and gaps.
5) The conclusion should rehearse briefly the themes and concerns discussed and can touch upon the things you haven’t mentioned so far
but which are relevant to the topic and would be explored if time and space permitted. You can also become a little loose and
speculative here if you like.
6) Remember that you are writing to show the reader that you are on top of the issues, know the relevant considerations, can express
them in your own words and can, as it were, make the issue your own. You are writing to display your knowledge and mastery of the
topic, so don’t think that you should exclude something because you know that the reader knows it. That is not the point; the point is
to show that you know it.
7) Each major point usually requires a paragraph of its own. If it’s a major point, it needs not just stating but elaboration, and so
requires a paragraph. Because the design of the paragraph reflects the things you want to say about the major point, there is no
determined length for a paragraph. But as a rule of thumb, a paragraph is more than a sentence and less than a page.
8) Signpost the movement from one paragraph to another: indicate continuity or change of topic at the start of each paragraph. For eg,
“Another closely related consideration is …” or “Approaching this question from a totally different perspective enables us to see that
…” This sort of explicit sign posting will force you to think about the ordering of the ideas, and to justify the inclusion of material
and thereby avoid padding. It will also force you to think about how the different parts of the essay fit together and how they relate
to the topic as a whole.
9) Comment on any quotations you use: if you do quote an author, don’t leave the quotation to speak for itself; explain its point to
the reader, either before or after citing it. This shows that you both understand what you are using and can see its relationship to
the larger picture you are building.
10) Link quotations – don’t just string them along one on top of another. Always put a few connecting words in, no matter how minimal.
According to X “ “. A little later she adds that “…”
11) All references for quotations need page numbers. Ideally all footnotes should have page numbers directing the reader to the source,
but some points that should be footnoted are so general that the book and its publishing info will do. For eg, in The End of History,
Fukuyama argues that liberal democracy has won the ideological war.
12) Underline or italicise book titles whether referring to them in the essay itself or in the notes.
13) Write full sentences. A sentence isn’t a sentence unless it has a verb.
14) Give the full name of authors you discuss first, then drop to the surname.
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