Choose one of the quotations/passages listed below (in the section called "Quotations/Passages for Explication") and prepare a thorough explication essay of at least 600 words (minimum).
For your exam, write the explication as a well-organized essay that is clearly written with well polished prose, grammar, and mechanics.
You must incorporate a minimum of three quotes from the essay you are explicating (not including or in addition to the quote I provide in the prompt). Essays that don't reflect these guidelines will be marked down.
Failure to follow directions and meet the requirements for this exam will lead to a grade of no credit, so please do make sure to follow these instructions, which include the following requirements:
1. Explain the claim the critic makes in the passage (this will be the first paragraph and the shortest section of your explication)
2. Explain what the claim contributes to other elements of the essay (this will be the second paragraph of your explication and a bit longer than the section you write for item #1 above, but it will also be a shorter section. Make sure you keep focus on the essay as an example of Intertextual Criticism-don't just summarize without keeping to this focus).
3. Explain how the claim is typical or characteristic of Intertextual Criticism (this will be the third and fourth paragraphs of your essay and the longest and most important section of your explication essay.
This is the section where you demonstrate to me your mastery of the course material, and what you write here will be what the majority of your grade is based on. Therefore, be sure to keep your focus on the assigned passage, use vocabulary from the unit, and explain how the passage (not the entire essay) specifically reflects the characteristics of the critical methodology.
For your explication essay, don't simply relate the passage generally to the characteristics of the particular critical methodology it represents. You need to keep focused on the text that the passage is taken from.
Your response should demonstrate both your mastery of the general ideas that the particular theoretical approach engages and an excellent understanding of how the passage is an example of the critical methodology.
Formatting Instructions: Write the number of the specific quotation that you are explicating for your exam response. Make sure that you single-space your exam essay text. For full credit, count the number of words in your Explication Essay and write the total on a separate line in bold font at the end of the explication.
Exams with no word count (or with inaccurate word count) will be marked down. Submission Instructions: Once you have finished writing your explication essays, save them on your computer. Make sure you carefully follow all of the Directions for Exam Submission written in bold at the end of this page. All exams must be submitted before the deadline. No late submissions accepted.
Quotations/Passages for Explication Choose one of the following quotations and write a 600-word (minimum) explication following the specific Instructions above and in your Unit Overview Lecture: 1. "Literature is part of a social process; hence the process as a whole forms the genuine context of literature.
Theoretically, Marxism takes a social view of literature.. In practice, however, Marxism operates as merely one more determinism, which avoids every aspect of literature except one allegorical interpretation of its content." (Northrop Frye, "The Critical Path")
2. "Keats' debate with an imaginary urn may serve as a fit emblem for the Romantic poets' recuperation pastoral motifs and perspectives. Like the urn, pastoral topoi are silent survivors from the past until poets endow them with new life by engaging them in dynamic debate, interrogating them, and assimilating them into their armory of the mind." (Lore Metzger, "'Silence and Slow Time': Pastoral Topoi in Keats's Odes")