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Works Cited Joanne, Nesbit. "Martha Cook Welcomes New Resident." UofM News. Michigan Today, 29 Sept. 2005. Web. 15 Sept. 2017. < ;.
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Reflection When writing this essay doing a close reading on the body of Edwina, an object rather than a literary or written source, I had to cross boundaries and expectations about writing that I had never before experienced. I have only ever written essays according to the traditional 5- paragraph, or sometimes journal format, and never have had the free reign to express and develop my argument without the restrictions of paragraph length or cookie-cutter thesis statements.
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Analyzing an object rather than a literary work was a huge boundary for me to break for myself, mostly because I had no idea where to start. How does one figure out what an object means? How do you put yourself in the mindset of the artist, creator, or author? In order to do that, I started to pretend that I was the artist, Edwina Jaques, and examined the statue Edwina with that perspective. Why did I use real gold instead of paint? Why did I emphasize Edwina’s hands and face? As I asked myself these questions, the answers started coming to be and I found evidence for them in the everyday life and the expectations of our society. Once I had figured out the process and gotten into the mid-set for close reading an object rather than a literary work, I felt that my writing started to flow more easily - but that was not distinctly an advantage. Specifically, I noticed that as I became more comfortable with writing and spent less time thinking about and analyzing each word I put down on the page, my writing began to have less focus and was much more spread out. Similarly, I noticed that this tendency to be vague and over-generalize, or to spend too much time re-stating one short topic, was a detriment to the audience/reader because it made it harder for someone who was not myself to understand the purpose of my essay.
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  • Fall '09
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  • Gilding, Edwina Jaques, Close Reading of the Body of Edwina

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