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Due Dates

Assignment Due Date
First Draft Friday, May 25, 2018
Final Draft Friday, June 1, 2018



We have conducted a close reading and analysis of Joyce Carol Oates' formalist critique of Wuthering Heights and discussed numerous other kinds of critical approaches to literature, including biographical criticism, historical criticism, gender criticism (feminist criticism), psychological (Freudian and Jungian) criticism, sociological criticism (Marxist criticism), mythological criticism, reader-response criticism, and deconstructionist criticism.

For your final project, you will do research to find a literary critique of any of the short stories, novels, or poems you have read this year (with Ms. Quinn or with me) that piques your interest or curiosity. You will then write a critique of the critique in which you either agree or disagree with the literary critic's findings, using evidence from the original text and optional outside sources to support your point of view.

If you have any questions, please see me for Extra Help or send me an email. Good luck!


1. Original, engaging, arguable, and underlined thesis statement.

2. Topic sentence in each body paragraph that indicate the focus of that paragraph and support the thesis.

3. Use of at least two quotations, with a parenthetical reference per quotation, in each body paragraph.

4. Concise language.