English 701—Introduction to Academic Discourse Paper Three Topic: Gender and Power For the first two papers in this course, we have focused on applying the arguments and ideas of course texts to material from the “real world”—namely gender transgressions committed by ourselves and people we know and everyday texts from a variety of different media. In this third paper, we will continue to develop those skills, but your main task will be to connect course readings to one another—synthesizing and responding to their ideas—as part of an extended close reading of a central text in relation to a social aspect of gender. Close reading of complex texts is a very important skill to master for academic work. To do a successful close reading of a text, you must identify what major and minor arguments exist, what primary and secondary examples serve the argument, what complications and paradoxes are raised in the text, and how various strains of argument come together cohesively to form an overall statement. You must also illustrate the complexity of the article’s original argument and connect it to your own ideas, points of view, and further or contradictory examples. You must focus your close reading on one central text (Best, Johnson, Leonard, or Kimmel) in relation to a particular topic or issue. You might focus on a unique or important topic of social or political relevance in relation to gender, and explore it through your close reading by including it as a dimension that you connect to your central text throughout your paper. Or your close reading could
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2011 for the course ENGLISH 701 taught by Professor Mccoskey during the Spring '08 term at Temple.