Historical/Cultural Analysis of a Short-Story or Poem
Reading a work from a distant time or place involves a back-and-forth movement between the familiar and the unfamiliar.David DamroschHow to Read World Literature
For thistwo-part assignment you will writea criticalannotation of a scholarly sourceand thesis proposal(Unit 3 Complete Assignment) that will help you develop aresearched argument(Unit 4 Complete Assignment) about the ways in which historical or cultural contexts shape one of the texts below:
W.H. Auden Muse des Beaux Arts pp. 475-476
Ishamel Beah ABC Antidote (pdf. in Unit 3 CM)
Louise Erdrich Indian Boarding School: The Runaways pp. 507-508
Thomas Hardy The Convergence of the Twain
Langston Hughes Theme for English B p. 510
Susan Glaspell A Jury of Her Peers
Nadine Gordimer The Train from Rhodesiahttp://www.textword.com/pdf/TR_91_Grodimer_Train%20from.pdf
Jomo Kenyatta The Gentlemen of the Jungle
Jamaica Kincaid Girl p. 104
Tim OBrien The Things They Carried pp. 232-239
Tillie Olsen I Stand Here Ironing pp. 162-167
Marge Piercy Barbie Doll p. 515
Amy Tan Two Kinds pp. 336-340
Richard Wright Big Black Good Man pp. 184-190
UNIT 3: Critical Annotation and Thesis Proposal for the Researched Argument
Complete and turn in ALL parts of this assignment in the same order below as one document.
This assignment helps you with critical summary and analysis skills while leading to the focus in your Researched Essay so you may want to read those criteria before deciding on a scholarly text (secondary source) for this assignment.
Part I (Summary Sentence)
Using this sentence structure and format type a summary sentence completely in your own words:
In Full Title of Article Authors Full Name argues X in order to show Y.
Example: In Gender and the Heroics of Endurance inOroonoko Mary Beth Rose argues that the ideal of male strength jeopardizes Oroonokos ability to act and therefore serves as an oppressive model for heroic action.
Part II (Main Ideas)
Using complete sentences list 3-5 main ideas from the article/chapter (in your own words). If you use the writers words put them in quotes but mostly summarize in your OWN words. The gist of the list should be in your words your terms your syntax (word order).
Part III (Textual Evidence)
Choose and retype three key quotes from the article/chapter. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE. TYPE WORD-FOR-WORD. Remember to put opening and closing quotation marks and the page number for proper attribution (#). If you cut out part of the quote use the ellipses brackets: [ ]. Then go back andhighlight key words/terms from those quotes (beselectiveandintentional).
Part IV (Response)
Write a solid paragraph (200 words +) in which you respond to so-and-sos (critical) argument in terms of its relevance and usefulness for understanding the historical/cultural context of the primary source (literary work). Specifically your response should answer the following sets of questions:
You must integrate at least three small but significant textual references that illustrate the points you are highlighting. Remember to integrate your evidence using signal phrases (So-and-so argues that key words or phrases and as a result (#). Always introduce and explain quotes. Never drop a quote (a.k.a hit-n-run) and never let the quote do the work for you. Keep in mind that small snippets (close reading) of parts of lines are better than long block quotes. Paraphrase when necessary but be sure that the bulk of the writing is entirely yours.When commenting on the source be sure you wont later confuse your comments with what the source itself asserts. Provide an APA reference for the source but use the MLA format for in-text citations.
In the following passage the writer sets up a main idea that connects both sources gives background about the primary source introduces the secondary source quotes from it and returns to her main idea:
Idealization of women is nothing new. Nathaniel Hawthornes 1846 short-story The Birthmark: illustrated the tragedy of seeking ideal beauty. In the story a scientist attempts to remove a birthmark from his wifes face in order to perfect her appearance. Although he is successful at ridding her of the mark the process kills her. In a recent essay Chester McCovey discusses The Birthmark and its relevance to our own culture: As for physical imperfection in the twenty-first century it seems odd that on one level we promote respect for all sorts of human imperfections yet on the other level we strive as we do to eliminate them whenever we can. It seems odd because so many times they are not imperfections at all. In other words what we consider imperfections are also what make us unique which we are told is important. Still we make great effort to get rid of imperfections so we can get closer to the ideal.
Part V (Thesis Proposal)
Based on your preliminary research explore in no less than 200+ words what you think youre going to write your Researched Essay on and why. In this proposal position yourself as a researcher and hone in on the research question that youre formulating. Again explore what you know and dont know. What do you need want hope to find out? Whats your tentative theory at this time and why? For this part the more you collect and shape your preliminary ideas the easier it will be to write the Researched Essay.
A strong thesis is focused and makes a specific claim about the text in relation to its context. One way to narrow the focus of your argument is to examine the nature causes and consequences of the conflict explored in your selected text. As you know in both life and literature conflict refers to a clash between opposing forces. An internal conflict involves the struggle of opposing needs desires and emotions within a single individual/character. An external conflict can occur between individuals who disagree or between groups with interests that cannot be reconciled. Cultural conflicts involve a clash of ideas values and traditions. They often include a fight for freedom and equality for justice and political recognition without which a group cannot maintain its cultural identity. With this in mind consider how the conflict plays out in the text and to what effect.
REQUIRED: You must submit your assignment in two places. First you must upload the paper into theV-Camp Dropbox. Second you must submit your essay inTurnitinby 11:59 p.m. on Sunday January 15. Paste a copy of thegrading rubricbelow at the end of your document (immediately following the References page/entries). Failure to do so will result in loss of points.