This is the real exteriority of the absolute outside: This is a mistake the authors of our prize-winning passages seem determined to avoid. The lure of imaginary totality is momentarily frozen before the dialectic of desire hastens on within symbolic chains.
Matter the Body Itself. The first prize goes to the distinguished scholar Fredric Jameson, a man who on the evidence of his many admired books finds it difficult to write intelligibly and impossible to write well.
Ordinary journalism, fiction, departmental memos, etc. Total presence breaks on the univocal predication of the exterior absolute the absolute existent of that of which it is not possible to univocally predicate an outside, while the equivocal predication of the outside of the absolute exterior is possible of that of which the reality so predicated is not the reality, viz.
Third prize was such a problem that we decided to award more than one. Some of the entries are stunning, and we think almost all of them deserve a award for worst writing award of some sort. Wilson is an English professor, of course. She found a grand sentence in an essay by Stephen T.
Chave, writing in Art Bulletin December The author is D. The precision of the shining of the light breaking the dark is the other-identity of the light. To this end, I must underline the phallicism endemic to the dialectics of penetration routinely deployed in descriptions of pictorial space and the operations of spectatorship.
The writer is Professor Rob Wilson: This colorful gem appears in a collection called The Administration of Aesthetics: Obscurity, after all, can be a notable achievement. Marcus University of California Press, Bhabha, a leading voice in the fashionable academic field of postcolonial studies, produced the second-prize winner.
That these passages constitute bad writing is merely our opinion; it is arguable that anyone wanting to pursue an academic career should assiduously imitate such styles as are represented here. Here is our next winner, which was found for us by Professor Cynthia Freeland of the University of Houston.
That incomprehensibility need not be long-winded is proven by our third-place winner, sent in by Richard Collier, who teaches at Mt.
Susan Katz Karp, a graduate student at Queens College in New York City, found this choice nugget showing that forward-thinking art historians are doing their desperate best to import postmodern style into their discipline.
The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.
It appears in The Location of Culture Routledge, Royal College in Canada. Graduate students and young scholars please note: Still, prolixity is often a feature of bad writing, as demonstrated by our next winner, a passage submitted by Mindy Michels, a graduate anthropology student at the American University in Washington, D.
A politics presuming the ontological indifference of all minority social identities as defining oppressed or dominated groups, a politics in which differences are sublimated in the constitution of a minority identity the identity politics which is increasingly being questioned within feminism itself can recover the differences between social identities only on the basis of common and therefore commensurable experiences of marginalization, which experiences in turn yield a political practice that consists largely of affirming the identities specific to those experiences.
The Bad Writing Contest attempts to locate the ugliest, most stylistically awful passage found in a scholarly book or article published in the last few years.
The fame and influence of writers such as Hegel, Heidegger, or Derrida rests in part on their mysterious impenetrability. Two of the most popular and influential literary scholars in the U. The reader may be baffled, but then any author who thinks visual experience is essentially pornographic suffers confusions no lessons in English composition are going to fix.
Devaney, an editor at the University of Nebraska Press. The author is Timothy W. For an essay giving background on the contest, click here. Deliberate parody cannot be allowed in a field where unintended self-parody is so widespread. Bhabhaa professor of English at the University of Chicago.
What can we add to that? These are your role models. It is from Donald E. The next round of the Bad Writing Contest, results to be announced inis now open with a deadline of December 31, Thanks to these and all the other entrants.
That these scholars must know what they are doing is indicated by the fact that the winning entries were all published by distinguished presses and academic journals.The Golden Raspberry Awards (also known in short terms as Razzies and Razzie Awards) is a mock award in recognition of the worst in film.
Co-founded by UCLA film graduates and film-industry veterans, John J. B. Wilson and Mo Murphy, the annual Razzie Awards ceremony in Los Angeles precedes the corresponding Academy. Every year since “Literary Review,” a British magazine that reviews literature, has awarded the Bad Sex in Fiction Award.
It’s a. Award for world's worst writing goes to author Molly Ringle's comparison of a lovers' kiss with the sucking of a thirsty rodent. The Award was established by Rhoda Koenig, a literary critic, and Auberon Waugh, at that time editor of Literary Review.
Winner of the 25th Bad Sex in Fiction Award Christopher Bollen has won the 25th annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award for The Destroyers (Scribner). Get The Best of the Worst The contest has spawned a number of books featuring selections from the contest entries. The books are now out of print (such is the state of our country today), but you may be able to secure copies for yourself and your innumerable admirers from the links below.
The bad sex award inspired me to work harder at writing good sex Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett The bad sex awards made me think about my own sex scenes, writes Guardian columnist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett.Download