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Criticism Response

 

Find a scholarly article (no student papers) on the assigned piece of literature.  The article must be analytical in nature (not a summary of the literature) and at least one page long.  Read the article carefully, and then do as follows: 

 

1)  Select one of the critic’s statements/theories to challenge or support.  Briefly explain this theory to the reader, attributing it to the writer of the piece of criticism.  Then, explain your viewpoint, using examples from the story, poem or play and your own explanations and analysis.  Your completed analysis should be at least 300 words long, although it can be longer.  Please include a word count at the bottom.

 

*You are looking for theories regarding WHY the original writer did something or how a particular element is being used.  The theory must be something that another scholar could challenge, not simply an observation about the work and how it was written.

 

2)  Include a correctly formatted Works Cited page that includes the article you have read and the original piece of literature.  The instructions for how to format your Works Cited page are on pages 1790-91.  A sample Works Cited page is on page 1801.  Sample citations of library database articles and articles from bound library volumes are in your documentation handout.  Samples of other source types are on 1791-93.

 

Essay format is not necessary. 

 

Please type your response & format/paginate it according to MLA guidelines (see 1796).

 

Take care to correctly incorporate source material into your text using lead-ins (1787-8), brackets, ellipses (1787), summaries (1785) and paraphrases (1786).

 

This response is worth a possible ten points.  The points will be split into two equal categories:  content and accuracy.  These will then be added together to equal your total.  For content, points will be awarded based on thoughtfulness and thoroughness.  For accuracy, points will be awarded based on the four-error-per-page rule.

 

Content

A

A—

B

C

D

F

5

4.5

4

3.5

3

2.5

 

Accuracy

1 error

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

5

4.5

4

3.5

3

2.5

2

1.5

1

.5

0