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óWorld Literature Paper #2ó

 Detailed Study:  Commentary on an Extract

WL Paper 2 is a detailed study based on ONE of the World Literature works from last spring (the text not used in WL Paper 1) OR Death and the Maiden from last fall.

In this paper, an extract (passage), of approximately 30 lines of prose or the equivalent in drama or verse, is taken from a work for an in-depth analysis.  Candidates should justify briefly their selection of the particular extract; the remaining majority of the paper should explore how language, imagery, organization of ideas, and stylistic and thematic aspects work in the passage.

In short, this assignment is a super-strict commentary where your primary focus is analyzing the words on the page (the words of the extract).  Even more so than the Plath paper, you must stay within the passage youíve selected rather than looking at text outside the passage.  However, like the Plath paper, you will need to situate the extract within the larger text; I recommend that you do most of this work in your justification for selecting the passage.

 

Example, if I chose to write about the passage in The Metamorphosis where Grete plays her violin for the boarders and is seen by Gregor, my justification for picking this passage might look something like the following:

This extract reveals how deeply Gregorís denial of reality has spread.  Kafka has clearly shown that the family is moving on without Gregor especially by changing the one member of the family who used to show the most care for Gregor in his conditionóGreteóand making her become neglectful and resentful of him.  Yet here, Gregor is certain that Greteís love for him will transcend the current situation to the point where she wouldnít mind having a giant cockroach clamber up and kiss her on the neck.  In the eyes of the reader, this is clearly a ridiculous notion, and the language and imagery of the extract evokes the greatest depth of pity for Gregor in the reader.

 

Below is a list of the students in this class and the text remaining from last spring.  Death and the Maiden is available to ALL students who haven't used it for their Oral Presentation.  Like the Plath paper, no two students may have the same passage (overlap may be no more than 5-7 lines).

Student

WL Text for WL2

 

Student

WL Text for WL2

Ilse Acevedo

A Dollís House

 

Avery Jackson

A Dollís House

Crystal Becerril

A Dollís House

 

Michael Jaramillo

A Dollís House

Nicole Ceponis

Woman in the Dunes

 

NyEsha Kersee

Woman in the Dunes

Jumanah Claravall

Woman in the Dunes

 

David Ruiz

Woman in the Dunes

Maria Contreras

A Dollís House

 

Nathaly Sarmiento

A Dollís House

Eliana Cordova

(see me immediately)

 

Kelli Schuelter

A Dollís House

Alonso Cortez

A Dollís House

 

Brenda Tapia

A Dollís House

Ana Estrada

A Dollís House

 

Michael Tsao

A Dollís House

Nasser Farraj

A Dollís House

 

Cristen Vaughan

Woman in the Dunes

Natalia Filinowicz

A Dollís House

 

Jessica Villa

A Dollís House

 

BASIC PAPER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Your paper must be 1000-1500 words long.
  • Your paper must be typed, 12 pt. Times or Arial font, 1Ē margins.
  • You must type out the extract youíve chosen to include on a separate page attached to your paper.  Number the lines (mark every 5th line).  You do not include this in your count.
  • Your heading should include the following:
    • Your full name
    • Your IB candidate number
    • World Literature Paper #2
    • Date
    • Your word count (like this:  Word Count: 1352)
  • You must have a highly specific title detailing the subject, type of analysis, and text focus of your paper.
  • Include your name and candidate number in the header or footer on EVERY PAGE.
  • Number every page.
  • You must include your word count again at the end of your paper before your bibliography.
  • You must have a bibliography at the end of your paper (you donít need a separate page for it) giving the information of the text you use in your paper.  Follow the samples below to create your bibliography:

Abe, Kobo.  The Woman in the Dunes.  New York: Vintage International, 1964.

Ibsen, Henrick.  A Dollís House.  ___City of Publication ___: ___Publisher __, __Copyright Date __.

 

  • You must turn in 2 copies of each ďpart of your paperĒ (as detailed below).  You may want to print a 3rd copy for yourself as a backup.
  • You may not submit the parts of your paper to me via email (except proposal).  However, if you have questions or want to run your thesis by me before turning the parts of your paper in, you may email them to me.
  • Each assignment for this paper is due during a given week. You may not work on future parts of your paper without getting my comments.

 

PARTS OF YOUR PAPER (mandatory unless otherwise marked)

Extract Selection First come, first served.  List out your extract choice(s) by indicating the page number(s) and the opening and closing line of the extract.  YOUR EXTRACT SHOULD BE BETWEEN 30-35 LINES.  Give me your extract choice(s) by Wednesday (12/17) afternoon.  HAND your choice(s) to me so I can mark the time I receive them (Iíll be in 373 in the morning and in the English office after advisory).  Remember, no two students can have the same extract; overlap can be a maximum of 7 lines.

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Paper Proposal (optional, but highly recommended):  Refer to the handout ďWriting a Paper ProposalĒ for the parameters of this part of your paper in addition to covering the following:

        Include the typed out extract (with line numbers).

        Include your justification for choosing your extract.

        Your brief outline should be an outline of the points you plan to prove with brief references back to words or techniques within the lines youíve chosen you plan on using to prove your points.

I recommend that you submit a proposal to me before 12/27.  You can submit a hard copy by Thursday, 12/18, OR email me at sspach@hotmail.com.  I will also be available at Archer Heights Library on 12/26, 9am to noon if you need to meet with me in person.

 

Draft 1: Write a complete first draft of your paper. Draft #1 due no later than 4 pm, Tues. 1/6/04.

 

Draft 2:  AFTER getting comments back on draft 1, revise your paper and submit your second draft.  Schedule a conference with me between 1/15 and 1/26 to discuss this draft of your paper.

 

Draft 3 (FINAL DRAFT):  AFTER our conference on draft 2, revise your paper and submit your final draft.  This is due no later than 1/29/04.  (You will also be submitting two clean copies of your WL #1 with the proper heading, etc.  More on this later.)