Duyfhuizen, Fall 2005
For these three writing exercises, you will for the first paper take a "keyword" from Les Liasons Dangereuses (Grp. Black (odd & even) due 9/20; Grp. Red (odd & even) due 9/27); for take the second paper a "keystone passage" from The Red and the Black (Grp. Black/odd Part 1 due 10/4; Grp. Red/even Part 2 due 10/11) or Madame Bovary (Grp. Red/odd Part1 and Part 2 (chs. 1-8) due 10/18; Grp. Black/even Part 2 (chs. 9-15) and Part 3 due 10/25); for the third paper take a "keystone chapter " from Anna Karenina (Grp. Red/even from Books 1-2 due 11/1; Grp. Black/odd from Books 3-4 due 11/8; Grp. Red/odd from Books 5-6 due 11/15; Grp. Black/even from Books 7-8 due 11/22). Your main goal is to select and analyze a keyword and keystone passages respectively as a means of interpreting the given text's theme. Your task, then, is to provide a focused "close reading" of your selected word or passage or chapter and to draw inferences related to your overall reading of the text. Remember that isolating keywords, keystone passages, or keystone chapters is often merely a starting point for critical writing, and you may well need to cite other passages from the narrative to help you make your point. At the same time, remember that you cannot do everything in a 1,000-word paper, and I don't expect definitive readings.
See the Sample Paper handout for specific conventions in preparing these papers; I do evaluate the total paper when I grade.