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ENG 334 Blog Post #10

ENG 334 Blog Post #10

Review peer feedback and write revision plan for essay and Post as Blog #10. The biggest issue that I’ve noticed with my rough draft is its lack of organization. I have to keep in mind that the paper I am presenting is only a portion of my final essay, so I need to prioritize some of the points of my argument and put less emphasis on other ideas so that I can have a clear presentation that either covers the…

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ENG 334 Blog Post #8

ENG 334 Blog Post #8

A question to keep in mind as you write: If this blog post were an introduction to an essay, how would you frame the conversation about this text or object? What would you claim about the object, and why should your intended audience find your analysis important? I explored a book of poetry by the famous poet Celia Thaxter. Thaxter was born in 1835 and spent much of her life on a small island in Maine, a place she was…

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ENG 334 Blog Post #6

ENG 334 Blog Post #6

Post blog entry #6: Search the MLA Bibliography and locate three essays, book chapters, or monographs (single-author books) that you might use as the basis for your mid-term essay. What are their respective projects? What about each particularly interests you? Which are you most likely to choose and why? I chose to examine Frankenstein because I’ve had the most experience with this novel out of the books we’ve read so far and also because there are a multitude of topics…

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ENG 334 Blog Post #5

ENG 334 Blog Post #5

Post blog entry #5: Open Topic My initial thoughts while reading The Scarlet Letter were focused on the concept of Puritanism that is prevalent throughout the entire novel. Last semester I took an American Lit course called “Captivity Narratives” and read a lot of stories that took place in Puritan New England. A common theme at the time, and throughout the couple of centuries following (and today, perhaps?? but I digress), is, of course, the oppression of women. I guess…

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ENG 334 Blog Post #4

ENG 334 Blog Post #4

Post blog entry #4: Briefly describe Murphy’s project and then discuss one specific way you might forward her analysis. In this absolutely riveting piece, Murphy explores the Cruelty to Animals Act of 1876 and the questions it raised about the distinctions between animals and humans. More specifically, she wishes to “look at some ways in which the prevailing conception of the human, embedded in the regulatory character of the 1876 law, came to be a site of contestation in vivisection…

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ENG 334 Blog Post #2

ENG 334 Blog Post #2

Post blog entry #2: Allen Smith’s essay is explicitly concerned with the “terms of contemporaneous racial discourse” (564) that he holds should inform our reading of Victor but which have not factored in some of the novel’s most recent criticism. What have been the dominant terms of those other readings? How does Smith change or add to them to make them part of his “project.” What questions does his project raise for you? Be sure to incorporate specific passages from…

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ENG 334 Blog Post #1

ENG 334 Blog Post #1

Compare your own prior reading of Frankenstein to the Critical History. How have you interpreted the novel? Where might you position yourself within the critical history? Do you seem to follow one perspective or to work among many critical approaches? Is there anything in the history that surprises you?       The last time I read Frankenstein (or rather, the last time I read the Sparknotes from Frankenstein) was my senior year of high school. I don’t remember much…

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