Help me study for my Literature class. I’m stuck and don’t understand.
Literary Analysis Essay Project
Literary texts present opportunities for a reader to collaborate with the author on devising the
meaning of the text. It can be said that the significance of a text (what is interpreted) is actualized
through literary devices (what is analyzed), however, meaning is ultimately determined by the
reader’s experience and understanding of the work. Critical frameworks help open a literary text
to interpretation by focusing particular ways of thinking in order to develop a literary
: Compose a literary analysis focusing on one of the last three book-length texts read in
the course (
Poems of the Black Object
Last Words at Montmartre
). Use the
same critical framework utilized for the first literary analysis essay in such a way as to build
upon your previous efforts, refine your understandings of the framework, and improve on
mistakes identified by instructor feedback. Continue making use of analytic references to the
literary features of the text as support for the development of your literary interpretation.
Questions to Consider
: Consider the following questions as a guide to help orient to this
How can I build on my understandings of the critical framework to establish a closer and
subtler reading of the text?
How will this new literary text require an adaption of the critical framework to develop
new literary interpretation?
How can the instructor feedback on the first essay project be utilized to help refine my
analysis and interpretation?
What literary passages support your interpretative claims?
Thesis statement reflective of a unified interpretative claim
Careful use of a given critical framework for development of ideas
Well-organized body paragraphs (TEA/PIE structure)
Compositional balance between analysis and interpretation
Quotations or paraphrases from source text
5-6 pages, double-spaced, 12 point standard font
Essay Draft Discussion
Use this forum as an opportunity to socially reflect on the progress made on the essay project so far. Consider the following questions to help move from the first project into the second more strategically:
- What feedback comments and insights formed from self-reflection are useful to consider as you work on the second essay project? How might you approach this project differently given some of what you learned from the first essay?
- In what ways are you adapting your approach to the critical framework? What insights have you developed about the critical framework?
- What questions remain about the critical framework? What sources of confusion or difficult persist that make it difficult to perform an analysis?
Send me an e-mail with one focused question developed from this forum in addition to responding to two peers' posts in ways that deepen, refine and extend their thinking.