7: Writing about History and Culture from a New Historical Perspective
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- Examine methods that scholars use to write about literature as a historical text.
- Apply New Historical theory to works of literature.
- Research and synthesize primary and secondary sources for a historical research paper.
- Review and evaluate the research and writing process of a peer writer.
- Draft and revise a historical critique of a literary work.
- 7.1: Literary Snapshot: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- 7.2: New Historical Criticism: An Overview
- 7.3: Finding a Historical Topic: Paige Caulum’s Melville’s “Benito Cereno”
- 7.4: Finding Historical Evidence: Melville’s “Benito Cereno”
- 7.5: Testing and Refining Your Historical Claim
- 7.6: Student Sample Paper: Paige Caulum’s “Herman Melville’s ‘Benito Cereno’: A Political Commentary on Manifest Destiny”
- 7.7: Writing about History and Culture: A Process Approach
- 7.8: Student Sample Paper: Stefanie Jochman’s “’Words of Lead’: Emily Dickinson’s Poetry and the Grief of the Civil War”
- 7.9: Strategies for Starting Your New Historical Paper
- 7.10: End-of-Chapter Assessment
- 7.11: Suggestions for Further Reading