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Interpretive Synthesis Analysis Essay

Professor Crane requires you to:

  • Select a single author of a collection of short stories.
  • From a single collection, select and read at least five (5) stories.
  • Take reading notes – to understand/grasp each story solidly and to explore some of the patterns you notice- both within each story and across the set. (RNotes/journals component)
  • Compose an essay exploring a single idea – how the writer enacts it in and across the stories.  What do you keep noticing that you’d like to explore in more depth? For example, you might focus on how the writer handles an element or two of plot; or how he or she develops characters in a particular way (perhaps through point of view), or develops tone, or a particular theme; or uses specific kinds of images, etc.
  • Seek out others’ commentary on your topic- the author’s and/or other literary critics; incorporate (interweave- converse/dialogue with in your essay) relevant selections from at least four relevant sources. --This guide will help with discovering your secondary sources
  • Format information: MLA format, 12-point double-spaced Times New Roman (or similar); 15-20 well-revised pages.

It's always wise to collect more than what you think you will need. This is especially true if you have to rely on interlibrary loan (borrowing from other libraries) and don't have the book or full text article to consult immediately.

The information on this guide will help you to discover different types of resources.  Please ask your instructor or one of our librarians for help if you have difficulty using the sources or you just don't know what else to try!  We'd be very happy to work with you to discover the sources you need!