Literary study explores relationships between texts and their contexts.
Rationale: Literary study explores relationships between texts and their contexts. In this task, you will research the production of a key text, and consider the ways in which it reflects the values or attitudes of the socio/historical/geographical contexts in which it was written. This understanding forms a foundation upon which to further reflect, as we progress through the course, on the ways texts are read in different contexts. The task provides an opportunity to practice and receive feedback on research and written communication skills ahead of the research essay. In addition, an in-class oral component aims to broaden communication skills. Task description: You will choose ONE of the primary texts from the schedule in Weeks 2 – 4 or Week 6. As introduction and to provide context, you will research the production of this text, taking into consideration what you learn about the author/artist, their social/historical context and their motivation for writing/creating this text. Primarily, through a close reading of this text and direct reference to key textual features, you will consider how it reflects concerns about freedom and/or oppression in its time. You may draw on other examples of work by the same author/artist if it helps you to illustrate your argument, but be careful not to stay too ‘distant’ from the primary focus of your discussion. In addition to primary texts you should make reference to at least THREE academic references, correctly cited and referenced in Chicago style.