Blog Post 5: Annotation of Scholarly Source

Please publish an annotation of an article on The Jew of Malta, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth, or The Witch of Edmonton and some aspect of Animal Studies or Posthumanism.
For full credit, please complete the following:

  • 1. Using the MLA database, please search for an find one peer reviewed article or book chapter on The Jew of Malta, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth, or The Witch of Edmonton and some aspect of Animal Studies or Posthumanism
  • 2. Read the article
  • 3. Write a 300-500 word annotation, with MLA citation, of the article you chose. For more on how to write an academic annotation see below and for further reading see Perdue OWL: Annotated Bibliography.

Annotations ‘How To’

For Blog Post #5, you need to find a critical article on The Jew of Malta, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth, or The Witch of Edmonton and some aspect of Animal Studies or Posthumanism; read the article; and then write an annotation. What is an annotation? What is its purpose? What are its parts?

An annotation is a short statement in which you summarize and assess the validity of a secondary, scholarly source you plan to use in your research. To write an annotation, complete the following:

  • 1. Cite the source in MLA
  • 2. Write 2-3 sentences that give a broad overview of the argument, aims, and/or scope of the article or chapter: what are the main claims/goals, what are the key terms, what’s the context?
  • 3. Write 2-3 sentences explain the main mode of inquiry and/or evidence the author uses to achieve her main claim/goal. Literary scholars main mode of inquiry is close reading, so you then have to point what portions of the play you chose are being read, and according to what line of inquiry. 
  • 4. Write 1-2 assess the validity of the source. Did the author accomplish the goal he set out for himself? You’ve already stated the main claim/goal and the evidence/methods the author uses to achieve that goal, so now assess the article’s success. 
  • 5. Write 1-2 How will you use this article/chapter in your own work? Authors use secondary literature in a variety of ways: define and/or complicate key terms/ideas; provide social or historical context; build on and add to ideas that have already been published–“joining the conversation.” 

Blog Post 2: Podcast Anotation

Find and listen to a drama or drama history podcast of your choice and respond to the following in a 200-300 word paragraph. Post your paragraph and a link to the podcast to the course site by 3:00 by Tuesday, February 14.
  • 1. Cite the Podcast in MLA
  • 2. In 2-3 sentences give a synopsis of the goals/topics of the podcast. Is the podcast successful (i.e. does it meet the goals its sets for itself)?
  • 3. In 2-3 sentences explain one piece of evidence and how the hosts discussed/analyzed the evidence they presented.
  • In 1-2 sentences explain how you may use the podcast in your own project.

Blog Post 1: Short Essay Draft

Blog Post 1: Draft of Short Essay
Choose a passage from The Agamemnon or The Eumenides that is approx. 5-15 lines long. Introduce the passage in a few sentences; type the passage out; provide a short summary or overview of the citation you chose; point out at least two linguistic features (i.e. rhetorical figures, meter, homonyms, etc.). Lastly explain how the following 2 things about the passage you chose

  • 1. How does the citation you chose engage with the question of the animal?
  • 2. How does the staging of passage you chose affect its interpretation?

For full credit the post should be at least 300 words long, in MLA format, include at least one image, and be posted to the course blog.