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Be sure your overall topic is narrow; the topic for this paper is completely open to you as long as you 1) choose one of the approaches below to follow and 2) you write about at least 1 and no more than 2 works from our syllabus. This paper can be a revision, adaptation, and extension of any of the earlier essays. APPROACHES: Critical Approach: To take a critical approach you could choose from a variety ofm literary criticisms such as feminist criticis, Marxist criticism, post-colonial criticism, and so on. See ILS chapter four for more approaches. For example: An essay using postcolonial criticism could discuss William Shakespeares Othello by analyzing the roles of race, power, and struggle in the play. Historical/Cultural Context: An historical or cultural context approach could include research on the history of the time period or the larger cultural context. For example: An essay using historical context as the basis for research could discuss Henrick Ibsens A Dolls House and research various histories of womens suffrage or larger ideas of womens roles during the Victorian Era. Form/Genre: In order to create a literary argument discussing form and/or genre, you want to start by looking up the origins, beginnings, or history of either form or genre. For example, if you are analyzing a sonnet, understanding the different types of sonnets as well as the history of the sonnet may help you understand why the poet would choose that particular form. Biographical Details: A biographical approach could include research into the authors biography and a discussion of how these biographical details contribute to the poem, play, or short story. If you are writing about Jamaica Kincaids Girl you might research Kincaids Caribbean childhood and create an argument about how her childhood affected/inspired the short story and/or her writing style.Research Guidance: Seek out a variety of perspectives and sources regarding your primary source; do not simply use the first secondary source that references your chosen piece of literature. State your argument in a clear, argumentative thesis statement. Correctly quote, cite, and explain both secondary and primary sources.