you will be utilizing the skills you learned in your first two papers to write a short literary analysis. This means that you will be putting a primary source and secondary source in conversation with one another. This paper combines your ideas about the work, plus close textual analysis and supporting evidence, as well as scholarly work that supports or relates to your thesis. In this paper, Harris’ ideas about forwarding will be particularly helpful in deciding how you will utilize your secondary source. Your secondary source should be a scholarly article or scholarly book.
1) by agreeing with it, using it as evidence to on which to found/with which to further your argument; 2) by disagreeing with it, pointing out how the point it’s making fails to account for something in the text; and 3) looking to it as a source of an idea, term, or concept that you may find especially helpful. You will then be using these sources to make your own argument about the primary text—your own close reading—stronger, clearer, and more convincing.
• Demonstrate an understanding of both primary and secondary texts
• Clearly present a compelling argument and interpretation of the primary text
• Demonstrate careful and thoughtful selection of a secondary source
• Include useful and carefully chosen quotes from both primary and secondary sources to support the overall argument
• Demonstrate an ability to close read a primary text