I’ve been asked to say more about the laundry list literature review.The laundry list is often called ‘He said, she said” – as one of the most usual forms of the laundry list is when most sentences start with a name. And the laundry list is a problem. It’s hard to read and not very fit for purpose.
So, what does a laundry list look like? Below is a page of a published book. It is taken from a chapter reviewing the literatures on neoliberalism in ‘the university’. It’s a laundry list. I have:
- underlined in red the sentence where the author says what they are trying to do (you might call this a topic sentence)
- circled the sentences that feature a scholar as the subject of the sentence.
Now let’s see what’s going on in the writing. The second paragraph on the first page begins with the author’s intention…
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