Classic English Literature

* what were the other possible alternaxves which the writer or speaker rejected?

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Choose any one of the texts we have looked at so far in class:
* They Say, I Say
* Borders, a very short introduc5on (all or a part)
* Persepolis (book, film or both together)
* The page taken from Klaus Dodds’ Border Wars: the conflicts that will define our future (Penguin, 2021)
* Joel Rose’s NPR arXcle about percepXons of immigraXon in the USA.
* Bhawna Jaimini’s S5r World interview with Hashim Ali
* The page taken from the WHO World Mental Health Report
* Julia Bergin and Louisa Lim’s Guardian arXcle about borders on the Internet
* Maureen Snow Andrade’s paper about Barnga and other such games
* The Associated Press arXcle from NBC about the demographics of US immigraXon
* The Reuters arXcle from Deutsche Welle about the Swiss nuclear waste facility near the German border
* The pages from Johann Hari’s Stolen Focus (2022) about animals and drugs
* Maud Newton’s Guardian arXcle about ancestors’ involvement in slavery
* Anne Lamo^’s ShiAy First DraCs
• Gurminder K. Bhambra’s arXcle on global sociology Write a close analysis of the text, and explore possible interpreta5ons and
applica5ons of it.
If you wish you may choose to focus on just one part of a text, but you should choose it carefully, staXng your reasons, and be sure to locate it in the context of the larger piece of wriXng.
Remember that your iniXal understanding of the text is a necessary first stage, but your analysis begins once you already understand it (and you can assume that your readers have also understood it).
The key quesXons an analysis must address are these: • What effects does the text achieve?
o How did it affect me the first/second/third Xme? (this is of interest not as a ma^er of personal biography, but in order to answer the following quesXon)
o How might it affect others? What effect does it achieve? • What specific techniques were employed and what choices were made?
o How is the whole piece organized and structured? o What parts can it be divided into, and how are they sequenced and
related? o How is each of the individual parts organized, and why? o What is the purpose of each paragraph or secXon? o What stylisXc consideraXons went into the wriXng of the sentences?
o Is there any pa^ern to the kinds of words (and/or images) that were chosen?
* What were the other possible alternaXves which the writer or speaker rejected? What does this piece not do, which it could (or perhaps should) have done?
* How do the various choices at each of the above levels go together to achieve the effect?
* On the internal evidence of the text, what does it appear that the writer or speaker set out to do?
Having completed the analysis, you will be in a posiXon to a^empt an interpretaXon of the significance and success of the text.
* Did the writer succeed in achieving his/her aims or in doing anything else?
* What does the text as a whole, considered in context, really mean?
* How should we think of the text?
* What wrong readings of it might people come to if they were not paying close enough a^enXon, or if they were trying to jusXfy posiXons of their own?
* Are there any other texts or contexts in the light of which this text might look different?
* You need to find some other relevant texts to refer to:
o Who else has addressed the same topic?
o Who disagrees with your writer? Why?
o What views are in the academic literature, in the media and elsewhere? Where is your text situated in relaXon to other texts?
o What other styles and approaches have people tried to achieve comparable ends?
o Has there been any direct commentary published about the text you are examining?
o Do we have grounds to anXcipate further reacXons in the future? • Please refer to at least two secondary texts in addiXon to the text you are
analyzing, and cite all of them properly using MLA.
Only aBer analyzing and interpreXng the text will you be able to give a reasoned assessment of its significance and to apply it to quesXons with which you are currently concerned.
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link for one of the readings that can be used

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