Length: No less than 1500 words
Students will prepare an Annotated Bibliography with no less than 6 references on one of the following essay topics:
‘Broadly applied, literary theory describes a way of thinking transformed by Saussure, shaped by (post)structuralism, and fascinated with contemporary conceptions of culture.’ Discuss.
‘Culture is both a means of domination, of assuring the rule of one class or group over another, and a means of resistance to such domination, a way of articulating oppositional points of view to those in dominance.’ Discuss.
‘Contemporary critical practice calls into question certain claims about literature and art’s ability to produce certain kinds of truths and values.’ Discuss.
Fuery and Mansfield argue that ‘all knowledge, no matter the rigour of its empirical method, is at least mediated, if not structured, by the human conventions of communication’ (Cultural Studies and Critical Theory p. 201). Discuss.
Note that the essay topic you choose for this assignment should be the same topic you will choose for your essay for Assignment 3. However, for this assignment, you will only prepare an annotated bibliography, not actually write the essay.
An annotated bibliography is a list of references with a brief description and evaluation of each one. You will be assessed on the quality and relevance of each reference as well as on the standard of your analysis, so choosing your research sources is an important part of the assignment task.
How to choose your references
All references need to be academic (i.e. peer-reviewed journal articles and/or scholarly books) and obtained using the Library's databases and/or resources. Wiki and other non-scholarly references from the Internet will not be accepted. Relevant chapters from the set text (Barry, Beginning Theory) may be included, but they DO NOT count as part of the required 6 references. Note that articles published in the last 5-10 years are more likely to be relevant.
As the Annotated Bibliography will form the foundation of the essay you will write for Assignment 3, choose references you think will be most useful for you in developing and supporting your arguments for the essay.
How to write your annotations
For each reference, give full referencing details in Harvard (author-date) referencing style followed by a succinct paragraph (200-250 words each) that answers the following questions:
What is the writer’s main idea/thesis/argument?
Why is the writer making their argument?
What reasons/evidence does the writer use to support his/her case?
How is this source relevant for your essay?
If you feel more comfortable using these questions as headings, please do (but the words do not count as part of the word limit). Do not refer to whole books unless you are absolutely confident that the whole book is relevant and you have read it (i.e. if you reference the whole book, the assumption is that it is all relevant). You might find it beneficial to choose one or two chapters from a book rather than reference the whole thing.
Put your references in alphabetical order by author surname, as you would in an ordinary reference list, but follow each reference with an annotation.
For more information on writing an Annotated Bibliography, see the guidelines set out by The Learning Centre, University of NSW: https://student.unsw.edu.au/annotated-bibliography.
For some guidance in writing about the work of other authors, consult the ‘Referring to Sources’ section of the Academic Phrasebank at the University of Manchester: http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/referring-to-sources/ See especially the sections ‘Reference to what other writers do in their text: author as subject’ and ‘Reference to another writer’s ideas or position (author as subject)’ towards the bottom of the page.
Note: Your marker will be checking every reference and will be looking for common flaws such as copying and pasting from abstracts.