Project #48851 - Close reading Thematic thesis

CLOSE READING, THEMATIC THESIS: Strategies for a close reading* can be found on various websites, including one by a Harvard instructor in Harvard’s Writing Center. The three principles Patricia Kain recommends are: Reading with a pencil in hand and annotating the text (highlighting key words and phrases—or anything that strikes you as significant or raises questions); looking for patterns in whatever you have noticed about the text (repetitions, contradictions, similarities); and asking questions about the patterns (e.g., toward what purpose?). Syntax and style (identification of images, symbols, and allusions) should also be taken into account.

 

 

 

* Close reading arose with French formalism in the Twentieth Century and reduced the emphasis on biographical and historical contexts (both social and literary). While in this class such contexts are emphasized rather than de-emphasized, a close reading can add another important element of interpretation.

 

 

 

Select one of the works we read for this class (fiction) and provide a well-considered interpretation/thesis based on a close reading. Please use at least ONE outside source with which to incorporate background information and/or historical context to inform, corroborate, or otherwise provide a means of enhanced elucidation of your thesis. This outside source might be historical, interpretive, or biographical, according to the needs of your thesis. You may also write a paper that compares two or more of the works that we read. With this option, you must formulate an over-arching thesis that is relevant to all works involved. As a third alternative, you may compare a work we’ve read to something you have read (or perhaps a film you’ve seen) outside of class. If you choose this final option, see me during office hours to discuss your intentions so that I may guide you further.

 

 

 

Your focus should be on how the story (or stories) demonstrates the interpretation/thesis you formulate, based on a close reading of the text(s)—to do this, you need to provide specific quotes from the story (or stories) to support your thesis.

 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/01/2014 12:00 am
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