¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Thanks so much, everyone, for taking part in this community review process. I’m really grateful for the input thus far, and I’m looking forward to seeing how your thoughts and conversations develop.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 One thing I discovered about using CommentPress for this kind of review last time out was that the local comments on the manuscript were amazingly helpful in revision, but that their predominance overshadowed the possibility of more overarching views of the project as a whole. And this time, I’ve got one key overarching question that I’m hoping you might help me with: does the order of the chapters do the best possible work for the book?
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 My original thought, which produced the chapter order you see here, was that the kind of change for which I’m advocating might best begin a bit internally, and then progress through gradually expanding circles, in order to finally take on the broadest institutional structures. But having written my way through the project, and now recognizing that those institutional structures are really where the most important transformation has to take place, I’m wondering about the extent to which I may have buried the lede.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 So: is there another chapter order that might make sense? Can the book do the same kind of work if its trajectory is inward, despite the argument’s call to an increasing outward orientation?
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 I’d be grateful for any thoughts you may have, either here or under “General Comments.” Thanks again for reading, and for helping me make this project as strong as it can be.
I think the order makes sense, but I also think you might do more to call attention to the reasons it makes sense. For instance, people who are interested in the university but who are not in the literature/philosophy/history wing of the profession might wonder why you place such emphasis on reading. This could perhaps be more explicitly laid out.