This paper should demonstrate your ability to close read, analyze, and contextualize a work (or works) of Renaissance literature. You are not limited to texts we have read; nor are you limited to Shakespeare or even drama.
Read, analyze, and contextualize a work (or works) of Renaissance
This paper should demonstrate your ability to close read, analyze, and contextualize a work (or works) of Renaissance literature. You are not limit ed to texts we have read; nor are you limit ed to Shakespeare or even drama. Your paper should assume from the outset a considered and well-stated theoretical/contextual perspective or lens. A few examples: Are you approaching your topic from the lens of emotion and affect theory? From a certain philosophical, moral, social, religious, legal, etc. perspective? Are you looking at the work(s) in the context of form or genre. Or in the light of possible sociopolitical functions?
Identifying this perspective or lens will provide a framework with which you can formulate and ultimately make a clear and concise argument. In order to make a successful argument you will need to explain the lens you are using, why you are using it, and how you are using it to arrive at your particular reading of the text. That is, you will need to contextualize (or “situate”) your argument just as you are contextualizing the work you are analyzing.*
In order to write a successful paper, you will need to read and re-read your chosen text closely and carefully. This is particularly important because now you are returning to/reading the text with a new lens. With your lens/argument in mind, many new, salient, generative details and connections will emerge that you may have missed in your previous readings which will either support or provide counter-examples to your argument. A successful paper requires a solid paper topic. I have provided step-by-step instructions for coming up with a topic, developing your argument, and implementing textual evidence (see “How to Write a Literary Analysis Paper” on Canvas).
*E.g.: Daniel uses his introduction to situate his argument in the contexts of affect theory, assemblage theory, and the philosophical and medical understandings of melancholy, as well as in the cultural context of the literature he planned to discuss.