English 101, Section 013

D. Vilhotti

November 6, 2007


Project Three, Part II:

Comparative Analysis of Two Scholarly Interpretations of a Text in the Humanities


Purposes: Project 3, Part II demonstrates…      


Assignment Description


In the second part of this project, you will compose a 3-4 page analysis of two professional interpretations of your text.  More specifically, you will locate two full-length critical assessments (preferably journal articles held by the NCSU library, though other sources may be approved for use) of the literary text, movie, song, or painting you analyzed in Part I.  Once you’ve collected your sources, you will then compare and contrast the two interpretations you’ve collected.  In your comparison-contrast analysis, you will specifically address a number of issues:


à What type of thesis is being argued in each article?

à What perspectives or philosophies are revealed by the critics’ theses?

à What kinds of evidence are used by the critics to support their theses?  What’s the connection between the kinds of evidence being used and the theoretical perspective?

à How does the organization or structure of the critics’ arguments complement or support their claim?


Due dates:

2 Reading Logs (one for each article): Monday, Nov. 11 (double quiz grade)

First Draft: Tuesday, Nov.12 (quiz grade)          

Annotated*Revised Draft: Thursday, Nov. 15 (quiz grade)

Final Draft: Friday, Nov. 16 (14.5 quiz grades, the same as other projects)



*In the annotated revised draft, you are to take suggestions from peer revision and carefully revise your draft.  You are also to make explicit, via the commenting feature on track changes, the changes you made.  Specifically, describe the difference, change by change, from the first draft to the revise draft.


Technical Considerations:

·Length:  3-5 page minimum for analysis

·Grading Weight:  10% of course average

·Documentation:  The paper is aimed at an audience of students who are studying the humanities.  Thus, the appropriate form of documentation would be the MLA method.  The Longman Handbook provides specific details for how to document according to MLA guidelines, if you have questions.