Assignment Overview: This paper is designed to test how well you can interact with the source material of the text. This means you will be deriving a thesis about the text of your choice and supporting it with close readings (quotation and analysis) of the text. As per the Core literature guidelines, this paper judges the following abilities blah blah blah


1. Choose your subject from the following works

Cesairie’s “Discourse on Colonialism”
Pope’s “An Essay on Man”
Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”
Equaino’s “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
De las Casas’ “The Devastation of Indies”
Jacobs’ “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”
Rousseau’s “The Confessions”

2. Develop a thesis about the work (or about two or three works in conjunction) that address some, most, or all of these aspects:

Intended Audience
Narrative Structure
Connection (or lack thereof) to your modern sensibility

3. Support the thesis with readings from the text; these readings should include summary, paraphrase, direct quote, and analysis of each of these. All discussion should go toward helping prove your thesis.

No outside sources are required or expected; however, if you would like to use one source to help critique another that is permitted and even encouraged.

• This essay should be approximately 1200 words. • The paper should have a twelve point, Times New Roman font with one-inch margins, be double-spaced, and have only one return between paragraphs. • Finally, it should be in a semblance of MLA format so last name and page number in the header at the right margin and all biographical info on the first page in the upper left corner.

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