Research Writing about Cultural Artifacts


Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
106 Pages
Reviewed on 11/25/2018
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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

Research Writing About Cultural Artifacts is a much-needed addition to the already crowded field of books about research writing. I think it is needed because it offers a less boring, more interesting approach. This is important because, in this day and age, the one thing that people will not tolerate is being bored. They also won’t tolerate their particular culture or voice being ignored. I love to read, but I can remember clearly how research writing took all the fun and excitement out of my thesis on Steinbeck and East of Eden. It is refreshing to see author Anna Faktorovich lay out a clear and logical alternative that will be just as factual and informative while at the same time being more interesting and inclusive. I applaud this. I write about Chinese history a lot myself. I want my books to be read by as many people as possible, so I want interesting ways to research my work and present it.

Research Writing About Cultural Artifacts is laid out in a clear and logical format that is easy to read and makes perfectly good sense. The writing is great. It is somewhat scholarly but very accessible to the casual but educated reader. This book is full of a lot of new ideas and perspectives that I feel will eventually have a strong impact on future generations of students, scholars, and eventually even popular culture. Just perusing the table of contents will give you an idea of the new direction Anna Faktorovich would like research writing to take. I came to agree with a lot of her ideas and hope to implement them in future research and writing.