Literary Choice Paper

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Literary Choice Paper

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3/9/2020 3:52:16 PM

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03/27/2020 23:59


English Literature

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3     Double-spaced (1000 words)

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2 options: 1. Compose a 4-5 page close reading of a symbol, device, technique, or passage from one or more of the assigned stories that we have studied since the time that you submitted your last essay. If you are looking at more than one story, you can explore the way that the stories are bound together by a particular theme. You must use at least two scholarly sources in addition to your primary text or texts. That means that even if you use two stories, you still need to use two research sources. 2. Compose a 4-5 page critical lens essay in which you read one or more of the stories that we have engaged with since you submitted your last paper. You must use at least two scholarly sources in addition to your primary text or texts. That means that even if you use two stories, you still need to use two research sources. Assigned stories: The Prophet’s Hair by Salman Rushdie Good Country People by Flanery O’Connor The Storm by Kate Chopin Rape Fantasies by Margaret Atwood Found Wanting by Douglas Stuart Death Constant Beyond Love by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Hanalei Bay by Haruki Murakami The Man Who Saw Himself Drown by Anita Desai Remember: The best researchers seek to apply research to a text in support of an original, central idea, rather than assemble a collage of other people’s ideas and arguments. An original argument is not necessarily an argument that no one has ever made before, but an idea that you are trying in earnest to develop from a place of academic curiosity and inquiry, even if other authors have explored it elsewhere. Don’t spend your time searching for essays that already say what you want to say; rather, search for essays that create an opportunity or a frame for you to say what you want to say. If you are applying a critical lens (feminist literary criticism, Marxist literary criticism, formalism, structuralism, critical race theory etc), you should consider looking at the Purdue OWL Introduction to Literary Theory which includes a list of sources that you might consider for each different lens. The paper should be formatted according to MLA guidelines (12 pt. font, Times New Roman, double spaced) and should use MLA citation style (in-text parenthetical citations and a works cited page with full citations for your sources; the short stories should be cited by author and title, but since they are all provided via Blackboard you won’t have the additional information necessary to provide a full citation. You should, however, have all the information you could possibly need to cite your research). If you need a refresher on MLA you can check out the Purdue OWL MLA Style Guide. Remember there’s no such thing as wasted research, just research that that you’re not ready to use yet. So even if you have a source that doesn’t seem like it’s going to work for the argument that you want to make, remember that you might be able to use it somewhere down the line, and that as long as you learn something from the source, you’ve not wasted your time. With that said, if it becomes painfully clear that a source isn’t going to benefit you, it’s also OK to put it down and walk away or to try to read it selectively.

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