Prompt: Harriet Jacobs uses a small space – a “loophole” to look out at the world. What other texts concern notions of sight, perspective, viewing, windows, openings, insights, and vision? What can she really “see” literally or figuratively through the loophole? Use at least three texts from the semester to construct an argument concerning vision and insights.You may consider Jacobs as one of your three authors. Use Harriet Jacobs’s “Incidents in the life of a slave girl”, “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass” by Frederick Douglass, and Mary Rowlandon’s captivity narrative for the three works to answer this prompt. Use MLA style. (See the citation tips I placed on Canvas). 2,000-2,400 words plusa Works Cited page.
(Note you should report the word count on the title pages as seen in the model I provide at the end of this checklist) Your Works Cited page should be within the same document as the essay so that they can be submitted to Canvas’ TURNITIN together No need for a cover page. Your title should be centered and interesting or specific. I encourage you to construct a title that is a unique question. Generic titles such as “Lincoln and Literature” are useless. Try to think of a title that will help your paper look intriguing or will help you hone your argument. TIP: Precise questions for titles often work well. Try to create a hook or an opening that immediately gets into an interesting textual problem or interpretation issue. Perhaps open with a textual moment that raises a problem. Perhaps open with a direct quotation and demonstrate how it illustrates a problem. In general, don’t use dictionary definitions. If you want to analyze the different valences of a complex or fraught word, that’s terrific. I LOVE THAT. Just let me know why different interpretations of this word might be useful or interesting in some way. Using a definition well can mean demonstrating how it has been used differently in different contexts historically. For that kind of insight, please use the Oxford English Dictionary, available online through the Clemson library database page and via a link on the bottom of our Canvas class home page. Don’t restate the assignment in the opening paragraph Don’t open with what I call “The History of the World” argument. That means: do not feature an argument that opens with “X has been an important theme in poetry since the beginning of time….” Weave textual quotations and close analysis into virtually every paragraph. Use textual evidence to support interpretative points and arguments. So don’t say Linda Brent was a young girl.“ And then support that assertion with a textual quote such as “I was but 12 years of age…” Try, She was a young girl but seems to have carried herself with the self-awareness of an adult…. notice how she uses “but” to qualify her own sense of age when she writes “I was but 12 years of age.”