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EN200: Collaborative Project Assignment

Page history last edited by Tonya Howe 12 years ago

This collaborative project is assigned midway through the term. Thus far, we have spent the first part of the class becoming intimately familiar with the language of literary analysis. We are now moving into a section of the course devoted to research. This project seeks to present the class with an opportunity to conduct research on a literary topic in a way that emphasizes the creative aspects of literary research--and, hopefully, to make research less intimidating and more exciting!

 

Most students are overwhelmed and intimidated by the prospect of "conducting research"--it seems so formal, so distant, so difficult. But we all do research every day. Perhaps not on explicitly literary topics, true, but we do research every day nonetheless. You're doing it whenever you look up some fact on Wikipedia, and you're doing it when you use IMDB to find out what else your favorite actress has appeared in.  In fact, whenever you think critically and deliberately about something, especially when you have to evaluate or analyze, you're doing a form of research. Research is about discovering something new. If you think about the word itself, "research," you should notice that it contains two parts--the prefix "re-" and the root "search." What does this tell you about research? What does it mean to search again?

 

This project has a variety of discrete components. Be sure you read through everthing before you start!

 

  1. We'll be using this wiki space to create what amounts to a hypertextual research archive, so one of the first things we'll need to do is learn what a wiki is and how to use it. Then, be sure you've read all about the project on these wiki pages. Once you've done that, you're ready to move on to the fun parts!
  2. On paper, read and reread the text; mark it up; ask questions of it. Read it critically and actively. Read with a pencil in your hand!
  3. Discuss/Plan:
    1. Choose textual moments to explicate.
    2. Determine what else you want to learn about the text for your additional research annotation.
    3. Very Important: Consider how the annotations will be linked from the text in the wiki.
  1. Upload the drafts of your explication annotations to the wiki. 
  2. Research the additional topic and upload your draft and its documentation to the wiki.
  3. Workshop your annotations and their documentation.
  4. Revise your annotations for content and style, including documentation.
  5. Add links to other annotations and bibliographic entries as necessary to fully exploit the capabilities of the web as a medium.
  6. Create your author profile, so later readers can learn about the folks who put this project together, and congratulate yourself! 

 


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