Discuss Ecocritical Approaches to Literature
Discussion: Ecocritical Approaches to Literature
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As you work on revising Essay #2 this week, you will continue to prepare for our final unit in this course: Taking a Critical Approach to Literature. You will be reading the graphic novel, Watchmen, and in preparation for that, we will be reading some scholarly articles over the next few weeks about five different ways we can use a critical lens to approach a piece of literature. This week, you read three articles: “Modernism, Superheroes, and the Unfinished Business of the Common Good,” (Historical) “Our Unconscious Mind,” (Psychological), and “Brain Matters: From Environmental Ethics to Environmental Neuroethics” (Ecocritical). Now that you have read these articles carefully, address the following discussion prompt:
For each of the three articles, choose 1-2 claims that you found interesting. Include those claims word-for-word using quotation marks, and be sure to include a page number for each one. Then, explain why you thought that claim was interesting. Be sure to organize your post logically, and make it clear which claim came from which article/author.
You will respond to my initial thread. Your introduction, as all of your discussion posts this semester, should be 200-400 words
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
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The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.