You’ve done two close readings to this point that focused on specific elements of a text. Now, you’re working on a Literary Analysis assignment that expands on the skills that you would use for a close reading.
For your third close reading assignment, you’re going to write a Proposal or Abstract that introduces the topic you’ve chosen for your Literary Analysis paper. Specifically, I want to know what types of analysis or literary elements you’re looking at. You can treat this as a summary of your paper/topic or even something like an introduction. Material that you write for this assignment can be used in the Literary Analysis paper.
Abstracts & Proposals are often used in academic & professional writing to give a brief summary or sense of what’s to come from the full paper. They’re used to enter conferences, seek publication, submit business ventures, & other various opportunities.
For this assignment, you want to identify what piece you’re writing about & explain the main idea/concept that you’ll be working on. You may want to provide some background information – such as what drew you to this topic or why you find it interesting. Then you want to offer a taste – a teaser, if you will – of what’s to come in the full paper. Finally, you end with a discussion of why your topic/argument matters.
I’ve attached a few examples of what a Proposal/Abstract can look like to give you a sense of what your work should be.