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Memory Essay #2: The Personal and the Historical

You have been invited to speak at this year’s annual gathering of the American Historical Society on the topic of “Personal Memory in the Face of History.”  Using one literary or film source and one theoretical/scientific source from the course readings/screenings, write an essay in which you use a theory of memory to analyze how the literary author or director represents his/her narrator’s personal relationship to historical events.

Audience: Scholars in the burgeoning field of “Memory Studies”

Format: 5-7 double-spaced pages; MLA style


Type: Use a secondary text to analyze a primary text, and support your thesis with evidence.

Rationale: The purpose of this assignment is to give students practice applying the analytic frameworks they have been studying to a primary text. The assignment prepares students for the next assignment, a research paper, for which they engage in original research to frame their analysis.

Pre-Draft Activities:

  1. Annotating passages
  2. Reading logs
  3. Summary and analysis of narrative
  4. Identification and familiarization of narrative conventions
  5. Criticize the critics

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