Why are they fascinating?
Select a passage from one of the assigned readings and provide an interpretation of it, paying special attention to its formal attributes (e.g. style, grammar, syntax, tropes, literary devices), its cultural, historical, or political implications, and its bearing on other phenomena/events outside of the text. You should begin by annotating your passage of choice. Make observations about all of the striking details or facts about the text. Look for patterns. Pay close attention to language. Then interpret the details. Why are they fascinating? What deeper meaning do they impart on the passage?