in this assignment, per departmental regulations, you must critically and closely interpret a piece of literature or text. This can be anything from a TV show to a film to a song to a book etc. It cannot be a large, abstract cultural movement, however: you need to demonstrate your ability to write a literary analysis, so please be aware of this distinction and talk to me ASAP if you think there will be a problem.
The objective of this assignment is to provide students with opportunities to:
- Use concepts and terms in literary studies to analyze the aesthetic features of a text.
- Discuss and interpret a broad variety of writers, their works, and connections among works.
- Analyze cultural and historical features of literary texts with attention to human diversity.
- Demonstrate the ability to construct a clear, coherent, sustained argument. Demonstrate the ability to articulate differing positions on critical issues within literary studies.
- Skillfully communicate meaning in a variety of written and spoken formats with clarity and fluency in language appropriate to the audience.
- Experiment with distinctive technologies of reading, exploring scribal practices, computational tools, archival resources, or digital databases.
This assignment will include the following:
- Draft of Literary Analysis
- Peer Review of draft
- Instructor feedback on draft
- 1,000-1,200 word Final Literary Analysis
The assignment will require students to think critically about a text, to make an argument based on their interpretations and ideas, and to support their claims with evidence from the text. Students may pick a critical approach to give a useful perspective for thinking and writing critically. For instance, they may analyze a text in terms of the author’s context (Biographical Criticism) or in terms of historical context (Historical Criticism) or in terms of a cultural context (Cultural Criticism).