Rather than simply giving you PowerPoint presentations about the various literary schools of criticism/theory/lenses, you will get to conduct research, participate in a group project, and create a presentation introducing one school of criticism. After your small group chooses your literary school of criticism (literary/critical theory/critical lens) from the list in the attached document, please complete the following:
The Work for the Presentation:
- Research the school of criticism. Find out about its tenets, practice, history and founding mothers and fathers.
- Use Othello, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Exonerated, OR No Child and re-read it carefully with this theoretical framework in mind. This is where note taking will be incredibly useful.
- Using that careful reading, construct an analysis of that text through the lens of your chosen school of criticism. In other words, if your group chooses Marxist literary theory, create an analysis of the play with a Marxist slant. Please know, these Oral Presentations are meant as an introduction to the theories, but they should be well researched and college-level presentations. Don’t “wing it.”
- You must include a correctly formatted Works Cited at the end of your presentation, and on it must include (but in correct order):
- The play you analyzed
- At least three scholarly sources
- Create an 8-10 minute presentation through which you share the information about the tenets/practices, and the analysis through the lens. You may present this information in any way you wish as long as each group member speaks, and as long as you’re practiced and professional. Feel free to use the board, overhead projector, internet, PowerPoint, or any other means to make this happen. Please feel compelled to use visual aids; they will add depth and interest to your presentation.
- Include enough information so that your classmates understand 1) what the school of criticism aims to accomplish 2) your group’s interpretation of the chosen play.
- Provide any useful handouts for me and for the class. Don't have a reason for a handout? Don't make one!
- Please note! You must practice. If your group is outside the time limit, I will have to interrupt you and and stop you. This will negatively affect the overall group grade.