Unfortunately, the books is exactly what Sword criticizes scholarly writing is about but shouldn't be: "stodgy, jargon-laden, abstract prose that ignores or defies most of the stylistic principles outlined" (p. 3) in the book The Elements of Style. Her own book is "a compulsive proclivity for discursive obscurantism and circumambulatory diction" (p. 3). In other words, the books is confusing; I was just lost, and didn't get anything from it. Sword did superb research of other people's writing. Maybe too much research. She got lost in the same thing she was trying to teach us to avoid. In fact, I hated doing this, but I returned the book and asked for a refund.