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Some Thoughts on Textual Engagement Oftentimes, the evidence we use in essays comes in the form of stories: personal stories, stories of what we see when we look at a work of art, etc. So, too, with written texts. You need to find effective ways to tell stories about texts, and to let texts tell their own stories. Your main tools in this regard are introduction, summary and citation. Here are some basic standards to keep in mind when writing academic work in which you engage with another writer’s writing. 1) Introduction and context : It is not merely polite, but essential that you introduce the author and title of essays whose ideas or words you employ in your writing, and contextualize those words or ideas. This means you start with a basic introducion to the essay, the author, and the ideas that the author explores in that essay. For example : In her essay “Art Objects,” Jeanette Winterson deliberately gets us on the defensive in proclaiming that we are inadequate in the face of artwork. Indeed, the title, “Art Objects,” makes art a literal subject , a subject who “objects” to our inability, or unwillingness, to engage with it and our tendency to
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2008 for the course EWP v40 taught by Professor Mikesell during the Fall '07 term at NYU.

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