Does the author leave any claims/lines of argument undeveloped?

ASSIGNMENT: (should be FOUR FULL pages double-spaced, 1” margins)
Find a scholarly article (using ONLY the library’s online databases) about the assigned reading and write a mini-essay analyzing/evaluating the ARTICLE.
You can use any college or public library to find an article (see link at end of document).
The following questions may help guide your analysis:
1. Do you agree with the argument/interpretation? Is it plausible? Too much of a stretch? Why?
2. Does the writer adequately support his/her claims with explanation and/or examples from the text?
3. Is the argument fresh, interesting, insightful?
4. Does the writer examine the work from an unusual perspective/critical approach or offer interesting comparisons or allusions?
5. Does the author fully explain his/her ideas?
6. Does the author leave any claims/lines of argument undeveloped?
You are EVALUATING the writer’s interpretation of the literature; do not summarize the article or write a “regular,” FULL analysis of the literature .
You will need to include some analysis of the story or poem, as you will also have to include some summary. With respect to the analysis, refer to the first thesis example below. With respect to summary, only include it in order to provide some background and context.
Come up with an overall (general) opinion of the article or some general statement about it, and then connect your opinion to the elements (organization, examples, style, so forth) that you plan to analyze.
Therefore, in your thesis, make sure to include which points/issues (see the link below) you plan to evaluate AND your general opinion of them.
EXAMPLES:
blue=general opinion purple=elements of analysis
In her article, Gillespie maps the color symbolism of/in “Young Goodman Brown.” However, she fails to address one major issue–the color brown. This gap in her argument, therefore, renders it shallow and almost pointless.
—-The student writer would then, obviously, need to (1) explain how brown is an important color in the story** AND (2) how not examining it affects the article and the author’s credibility.
**Keep the focus on the article but, again, also include some analysis of the story or poem—however, do not get carried away. The analysis should only build up to or lead back to the literature—always come back to the article at the end of every paragraph and even throughout the paragraph.
Martin’s analysis and interpretation of the text is insightful because she sheds new light on the relationship between nature and femininity.
—-The student writer would then need to (1) explain what is “new” about Martin’s interpretation of the relationship between nature and femininity; and (2) explain this interpretation and how his/her presentation of it is insightful.
If your thesis is
“The author examines the poem from a psychological perspective, which sheds new light on it. ”
you need to explain how examining the poem from a psychological perspective sheds new light on it–how is this approach new, and how does it change readers’ interpretations of the poem?
“By examining the poem in light of Freudian theories, scholar John Doe illustrates that the poem is also about — and not only about the rage ofAchilles. . . He is able to accomplish this task by . . .”
Begin by reading and thinking about the elements (style, writing, appeals, examples, creativity, etc.) of that article that stand out to you. What is “really good” or “really bad” about the article–the writing? the support?the insightfulness of it?
TIPS:
o Avoid any articles with the word “Review” in them and any biography/reference databases–do not choose an article from Biography Resource Center, Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Gale Literary Databases, Literary Reference Center, Literature Resource Center, Scribner Writers, and Twayne’s Author Series.
o JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, and ProjectMuse are the most comprehensive databases.
o When writing about literature, an article, a film, an art work, a web site, and so on, use PRESENT TENSE, e.g., “The author claims that . . .”
o Include in your introduction OR in the second paragraph a short summary of the article. Make sure that in your introd., you include the title of the essay, when it was published, and the author’s name.
o Include a works-cited page, and cite the primary source (the story/poem) and the secondary source (the article); make sure you look up how to cite articles from online databases AND how to cite works from an anthology/with an editor.
o Refer to the PowerPoint presentation in the Assignments (scroll down) section of Blackboard for information about, and examples of, citing the two works.
o Finding your article: http://www.professormartin.net/Collin/online%20research.htm

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