Theoretical Lensing Assignment
In this paper, you will use a specific article as a theoretical lens through which to analyze a primary text of your choice. Your lens article will be:
• “The Uncanny” Sigmund Freud
NOTE: You will use 2 texts for this paper! Your lens text AND your chosen primary text (the analysis text).
Your paper will consist of three sections:
1. Statement of argument (thesis/central argument)
a. This must engage both the primary and theoretical texts.
2. Interpretation of theoretical text
a. What is the main argument from the lens text that you will focus on?
i. Make sure that you understand the nuances of this argument.
b. What is at stake for the author (their So What? question)?
c. How do you interpret (shape) the lens?
3. Execution of the lens
a. Select several specific examples from your primary text that will best further your central claim and use the lens to analyze, moving to further implications. The implications are key – why does this matter? Why is it important? Don’t just say that something is significant, instead, say why. In the paper, move beyond the simple fit/doesn’t fit technique that you used to initially explore the lens, and instead think about the way the two texts complicate each other.
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