Monday, 30 Jan 2017


Literary Close Reading

This video uses a poem to demonstrate the technique of literary close reading.

After you have watched the video, demonstrate your ability to perform a literary close reading on a passage from a dramatic work.

  1. Choose a brief passage (about 50-200 words long) from Trifles or The Proposal — a passage you have not already written about. Your passage may include one or more people speaking, and it may include stage directions. Paste this new passage your new blog entry.
  2. Apply what you have learned about literary close reading by presenting an interpretation of the words you chose to write about. (I am not asking you to demonstrate your ability to paraphrase, or list what various symbols “could mean”, or to use details from the literary work to support a point about marriage, or women’s rights, or class, or how life back then was different than it is now, or anything else in the real world.)
  3. You are welcome to refer to and quote from other parts of the play, or from Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor; however, if you do, your goal should be to illustrate some point about the specific words you have chosen to analyze.
  4. Write an academic paragraph (about 200 words) that demonstrates your ability to use brief quotations from the literary source in order to support a non-obvious, evidence-supported interpretive claim about the literary text.
  5. Use the “Login/Blog Me” button, submit the permalink, and engage with your peers by leaving thoughtful comments. (That is the standard formula for any reading response.)