Research Project: Annotated Bibliography
Henry James "Daisy Miller"
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Percentage of your grade: 25%
Length: 6-8 pages (This is a single project, therefore, it must be submitted as one document.)
Due Date: Friday, October 31
1. Each of you will choose an author and his/her work to research.
2. Read your chosen piece of literature.
3. Go to the library and find recent (within the last 10-15 years) critical analyses or essays on the author/work you have chosen to research.
? Only 2 reference works may be used (Dictionary of Literary Biography, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, British Writers, etc.)
? A minimum of 4 original scholarly journal articles (all written by different authors) is required. Scholarly journals include College English, Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Language and Literature, etc. Magazines are NOT scholarly journals. Make extensive use of the MLA International Biography, Essay and General Literature Index, and Humanities Index (all are available on CD-ROM in our LRC). Also look into Kingwood?s Academic Search Premier.
? Some Internet materials are also acceptable, but most are NOT, so check with your instructor if you are unsure of suitability.
? You do not need to include any full-length books
in your list of sources. However, you may want to include a chapter from a book
? Unacceptable sources include any article containing the following words in its title: review, summary, overview, outline, synopsis, outline, biography, or abstract. Cliffnotes, Sparknotes, Masterplots, Epics for Students, Encyclopedia references, or any other similar summaries are considered unacceptable. Author biographies are also unacceptable. Wed sites about your author or the work are generally UNACCEPTABLE.
? Sources must focus on the original text, which we are reading. It may not focus on a review or production of a play, movie, or T.V show created from the original text. It may not focus on some other work by the same author.
? Our anthology does not count as a source.
4. When you have found acceptable sources, summarize the main points in the article. The summary should be in your own words, not lifted from the page of your article or essay. Be sure to keep copies of ALL the articles you use for this project.
5. Choose a minimum of 6 essays/articles to include in your bibliography (the project should be 6-8 pages in length). What does the author of the article or essay have to say about the author of your work? What did she/he think of the book
(topic, content, presentation, theme(s), etc.)? What is his/her REACTION to the work? For each bibliographic citation, be sure to include your reaction to what this author said about your essay, novella, short story, poem, or play. How was the article/point of view useful in helping you to study your chosen work? What did you think of the article? How did the article help you to better understand the author and his/her work you are researching?
6. Each citation should be approximately one page in length. Use the MLA Style of documentation.
8. This is an individual report, so you should not be working together on the written reports. The more variety of sources you find, the more lively and interesting the discussions should be.
9. Summary of Annotated Bibliography:
a) This is not a research paper but a research project. You will be writing 6-8 Separate summaries--one for each source you use.
b) You should have a minimum of 6 sources. Each summary should be approximately 1 page in length. Some might be only a half a page while others might be a page and a half in length. Remember that one page is equal to approximately 300 words. The minimum length requirement for this project is 1800 words.
*** c) The Annotated Bib. consists of three parts:
The source cited at the top of the page using the MLA style of documentation
The last paragraph of the summary should be your comments describing how this source helped you better understand the work you are researching. Be specific about what you learned.
Sample page from a Student?s Annotated Bibliography:
Fredell, Joel. ?Margery Kempe
: Spectacle and Spiritual Governance.? Philosophy
Quarterly 102. (1996): 137-161.
In this article, Joel Fredell states that The Book
of Margery Kempe
?redefines the relationship between governance and the social body of the pious laity?(137) of late medieval England. It compares the contradictory and dangerous terms of a martyr to the bourgeoisie of the spirit in the contemporary Christian mainstream. Kempe
lives a ?mixed life?(138) as a contemplative; she is martyr to and is elevated above the mainstream. The author focuses contemplation as the public performance of visionary martyrdom. Kempe?s
experiences as a mystic are not gender specific. The way that her spirituality manifests itself is not along the normal lines that female mystics usually followed. Action
and contemplation are defined as ?kinds of social performances both metaphorically and literally connected to worldly governance?(152).
manifestations of her spiritual experiences were more in line with the way these experiences were manifested in the lives of male mystics?as opposed to spiritual women who lived their lives cloistered from the public gaze. She does face risk of execution as a heretic because she is a woman who seems to preach, a job reserved for men. As a mystic, Kempe
incorporated traits and experiences of both male and female mystics, which confounded her contemporaries.
Fredell says that one feature of Kempe?s book
that makes her sound like a visionary subject?both receptor and ?author? of mystical narratives and also a martyred object?a ?mirror? of sufferings held up to view of her contemporaries and to the readers of her book
redefines the traditions of the female mystic status to emphasize performance and public witness, which defines socially-constructed ideas of spiritual control. Although her experiences are similar to those of St Bridget, Kempe
is less political and presents a more homely communion with the Holy Family.
This article helped me see Margery Kempe
in a more sympathetic light. I saw her as a creature trying to work out her salvation in the only way she seemed to know how. She was doubly abused by the church and society for following what she thought Christ wanted of her.
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