I have a friend who appraises antiques — assigning a dollar value to the old Chinese vase your grandmother used for storing pencils, telling you how much those silver knickknacks from Aunt Fern are worth. He says the hardest part of his job, the part he dreads the most, is telling people that their treasure is worthless. I can empathize. Writing good rejections does take a bit of time — especially at first.
One of the things I find most challenging to teach is the skill necessary to map out scholarly debates. I find that most professors offer a list of articles, book chapters and books that in theory map the field as they see it. However, I find that very few if any provide any guidance on to how to understand an entire field or sub-field of scholarship through scholarly exchanges and conversations.
A rejoinder, also known as the letter to the editor, is simply anarticle written for the purpose of correcting a wrong impression about a personality, idea, issue, etc. It also gives room to the writer to respond or give a feedback on an issue in need of due attention. Writing a rejoinder is commonly used forthe print medium: newspapers, magazines, newsletters, etc. The basic need for a rejoinder is to either correct, clarify, elaborate, discard, support, etc.