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Final?paper:?The?Lens?Essay
The?lens?essay?uses?critical?scholarly?text/s?to?shed?light?on?a?literary?work?in?order?to?show?readers?something
they?would?not?have?been?able?to?see?if?they?had?examined?the?texts?in?isolation.?The?lens?essay?requires?you?to
analyze?a?text?on?a?theoretical?level?(not?a?thematic?level?that?is?often?emphasized?in?a?close?reading?essay).
Goals
Defend?a?central?claim?about?the?text?you?are?examining?by?linking?moments?in?that?text?to?categories?or?ideas?in
the?lens?text.
Guidelines
Type?of?texts:?The?lens?essay?typically?employs?a?theoretical?text?as?the?lens?and?uses?it?to?examine?a?piece?of
literature?we?have?read?in?class:?fiction,?poetry,?drama.?
GOALS?OF?THE?ESSAY
Open?with?an?engaging?introduction?that?makes?clear?your?motive.
Gordon?Harvey?s?gives?a?great?description?of?motive?as??the?intellectual?context?that?you?establish?for?your?topic
and?thesis?at?the?start?of?your?essay,?in?order?to?suggest?why?someone?besides?your?instructor?might?want?to?read
an?essay?on?this?topic?or?need?to?hear?your?particular?thesis?argued?why?your?thesis?isn?t?just?obvious?to?all,
why?other?people?might?hold?other?theses?that?you?think?are?wrong.??Ask?of?your?thesis,??So?what??Why?would
someone?care??What?s?unexpected?here??How?is?this?interesting???until?you?can?respond?with?a?satisfying
answer.?The?answer?will?lead?you?to?your?motive.?Underline?your?motive?in?all?drafts?and?revisions?of?this?paper
so?it?can?be?quickly?identified.
Create?a?dialogue?between?texts.?Devise?a?thesis?that?identifies?how?your?theory?works?as?a?lens?to?explain?the
form?and?function?of?your?literary?text.?Essentially,?you?are?being?asked?to?both?interpret?the?story?and?reflect?on
your?lens.?As?always,?close?readings?of?specific?passages?are?required?to?support?and/or?complicate?your
argument.?You?can?use?any?of?the?lenses?that?we?have?looked?at?so?far,?or?that?you?have?already?explored?in?paper
1?3.?Such?as:?political?poetry,?magical?realist?fiction,?war?poetry,?hip?hop?poetry,?Chicano?poetry,?Drama?therapy,
magical?realist?drama,?anti?plays,?etc.?Note:?Klarer?and?our?genre?readings?on?”What?is?literature”?are?not?lenses??
they?are?genre?descriptions.?Thus,?you?should?use?a?class?theory?that?we?have?looked?at,?or?one?you?have
explored.?A?theory?of?your?choosing?would?also?work!?Theories?in?literature?include:?feminism,?queer?theory,
among?others.?
Document?quotations?using?MLA?in?text?citation?method.?This?citation?method?requires?that?you?cite?your
sources?parenthetically?in?the?text?of?your?essay?(as?opposed?to?using?footnotes?or?endnotes)?and?that?you?append
a?correctly?formatted?list?of?Works?Cited?to?your?essay.?Please?note:?discussion?or?lecture?in?the?classroom?is?not
considered?a?quotable/citable?source?unless?your?professor?says?otherwise.?I?do?not?say?otherwise.
Outcomes:?Utilize?literary?critical?theories/lens?and?more?advanced?research?to?illuminate?various?literary?works.
Your?essay?should?present?a?clear?analytical?interpretation?of?one?aspect?of?the?text?at?hand?from?the?perspective
of?one?of?the?critical?lenses?we?ve?discussed?in?class,?such?as?Magical?realism,?or?any?theory?such?as?feminism
and/or?reader?response?theory.
Purpose.?The?purpose?of?this?assignment?is?to?help?you
??demonstrate?your?ability?to?adopt?a?particular?critical?lens?when?analyzing?a?text
??think?deeply?and?critically?about?one?of?the?literary?text/s?we?ve?read
??articulate?a?focused?and?well?developed?analysis?of?a?literary?work,?and???increase?your?understanding?of?the
course?texts?and?lenses.
??Requirements:?
1.?Use?of?3?scholarly?critics?(peer?reviewed?/?academic?journal?)?
1.1?Use?of?2?literary?sources?
2.?Your?essay?must?include?a?correctly?formatted?Works?Cited?page
3.?Your?essay?should?be?8?9?pages?long?and?should?follow?the?formatting?guidelines?in?the?Classroom
Expectations?of?our?syllabus.
4.?A?counter?argument?(1?page?or?less)?
5.?Stakes:?Why?your?argument?matters??the?so?what?question?
???Your?final?paper?will?also?include?am?Original?title?that?following?the?3?parts?of?a?title?reading?(with?optional
abstract)?in?12?point?professional?font,?double?spacing,?properly?formatted?titles?(all?short?story?titles?should?be
in?quotation?marks,?not?italics?or?underline),?and?proper?in?text?citations?(author?s?last?name?and?page?number
whenever?paraphrasing?or?quoting?directly).?We?will?write?the?title?and?abstract?in?class.

 
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