• April 14th, 2016


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From the professor: Analyze the representational techniques in The Tempest to produce or contribute to the development of a form of global consciousness. For example, you might discuss the use of the globe itself (in visual images or as an object itself), the use of classical or mythical references in visual or written materials, the use of spectacle, or the blending of fact and fiction in travel narratives. You are not limited to these choices; these are only some suggestions. But I would recommend focusing on only one technique (or perhaps a related set of techniques) so that you can explore it in depth. In what ways is this technique useful for representing new information, new (national) objectives, or a change in social relations as a result of an increasingly global world? In what ways does this technique actually contribute to a new way, or new ways, of thinking about the world or these social relationships? To what extent does the use of these representational techniques require an act of interpretation or translation? What is lost or left unrecognized through this act of mediation, translation, or interpretation? This topic while narrow in its focus on representational techniques also gives you a lot of room for choice: of the technique, of the text, and of the issues it helps to negotiate or translate. , I would also recommend focusing on one issue or a related set of issues.

This assignment has three primary objectives.
1) The first is to give you an opportunity to explore one of the primary works we have discussed so far in greater depth. Your project is to think in interesting ways about the work on which you’ve chosen to write. Thus, the argument you are making should develop from your analysis of the work. It is the primary source for your evidence. Though your paper should present a coherent analysis, I’d like you to think about this assignment as being about exploration and interpretation first–as giving you the opportunity to make discoveries about the ways global consciousness was developing in the period. Part of my aim here is to give you the opportunity to experience the pleasure of making new discoveries through close analysis. So try to be attentive to the nuances of the works you are analyzing and remain open to discoveries that might complicate or challenge the ways you first thought about these works or about early modern globalization.
2) The second objective is to help you hone your skills as an analytical reader of primary texts.
3) The third objective is to provide you with an opportunity to reflect carefully on the ways that global consciousness is developing in the early modern period. As you’ll see all three rubrics point you in that direction through some of the sub –questions. Global consciousness might be the primary focus of your essay, depending on your topic and how you choose to approach it. But I would like each of you to dedicate at least part of your essay to thinking about how global consciousness is developing and what it is. Here are some questions to help you think about this larger question: how are ideas about the globe or globalization developing in the work you are exploring? How do nations, writers, explorers or individuals see themselves as part of a global world? How do they help to produce a global world? How is a global world materially different from one which is not? In some sense, this objective asks you to think about how the “bigger picture” is transformed by the specific issue you are exploring in depth. It could be something you do in the concluding section of your essay, or it might be woven throughout. For some of you, it will be the primary focus.

Specific Requirements:
1) 1500-2000 words (not including the cover note). Please double-space the paper, using a standard 12 point font and one inch margins.
2) An original title that reflects your paper.
3) At least one page of the paper should be devoted to the third objective described above. You can treat it as a separate section of your paper or not. For example, it might be the concluding section, or it might be woven throughout. The choice is yours.
4) A cover note. Include a cover note in which you discuss any concerns you have about the paper, anything you would like me to take particular note of, or anything you would like me to address in my response. This can be an informal note addressed to me. It also helps me to respond to your concerns if you tell me what aspects of the assignment you found most challenging, what aspects of the assignment most intrigued you.
5) Complete the outline in step 12 below. (You do not have to include the outline with your paper.)

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