We’ve been focusing a lot on conventions in this class: in other words, what are the tools and methods used in the field of literary study.
Have you mastered these conventions yet?
If not all of the kinks were ironed out in the poetry and fiction paper, I encourage you to browse the following pages in the Norton (note: the Norton does not have the 2009 MLA updates for your Works Cited page.)
Titles (page 1128 )
Poetry Citation–Format (1163; 1170; 1180)
Still have questions? Drop by my office or ask at the Writing Center.
What’s the next step? How do you cite short fiction? Again, the Norton offers some help if you aren’t near your MLA Handbook. (note: the Norton does not have the 2009 MLA updates for your Works Cited page.)
Parenthetical Citation (in-text citation) (1168-1172)
Effective Quotation/Introduce Quotations (1161-1168 )
This last element is something that we have not had a chance to talk about in class. We will talk about it soon. In the meantime, read the passage on “Effective Quotation” from the Norton and think about the following:
Another key skill to develop and get in the habit of always doing in all of your papers is the introduction of quotations. Don’t let quotations stand alone. Why? Well, for starters, introducing quotations sharpens your close reading by literally connecting the quotation with your analysis.
There are two ways to understand the loss of Faith in the story.
“ ‘My Faith is gone!’ ” (Hawthorne 201). She is both Goodman Brown’s wife and an embodiment of religious faith.
There are two ways to understand the loss of Faith in the story:
“ ‘My Faith is gone!’ ” (Hawthorne 201). She is Goodman Brown’s wife and an embodiment of religious faith.
There are two ways to understand the loss of Faith in the story. For example, the line “ ‘My Faith is gone!’ ” can be understood as the literal disappearance of Goodman Brown’s wife (Hawthorne 201). We can also read this line as the loss of his religious faith, which his wife embodies.
That quotation does not support every claim made above. More evidence is needed, for example, to prove Faith is an embodiment of religious faith. However, the last example most clearly connects the quoted passage with the analysis by integrating it into the paragraph. The quotation fits into the sentence (doesn’t create an incorrect sentence) and helps the reader see that “Faith” is both a proper name and an allegorical figure.