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Choose at least two printed versions of one of these tales (you will have an opportunity to write about film and other visual media in future assignments).

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This paper is an exercise in close reading and asks you to look at how different versions of the same tale affect the
ways in which the tales can be interpreted. In the first few modules we have read different versions of Red Riding
Hood and Bluebeard. Choose at least two printed versions of one of these tales (you will have an opportunity to
write about film and other visual media in future assignments). Please choose your stories from the course materials
we have read for class. How does the later version of the tale challenge, critique, alter, or otherwise reflect on the
message of the earlier version(s) of the tale?
Format:
• Length: 800 – 1000 words
• Font: Times New Roman, 12pt.
• Save your file in PDF or Word format for uploading to eClass. Do not use other file formats: eClass will not accept
them.
Deadlines:
• Your paper must be uploaded to Turnitin by Friday, October 28th, at 5 p.m.
• Papers received after the deadline are subject to a penalty of 2% per day
Guidelines:
1) Include a clear thesis in your opening paragraph. You must show how the later version rewrites or critiques the
earlier version(s). For example, what different models of behaviour are advocated? Alternatively, what different
perspective or point of view is offered in the tales and to what effect?
2) Avoid plot summaries. You can assume your readers are familiar with the texts. Concentrate on building your
argument with strong evidence (see #3).
3) Use relevant examples from each text. Consider things like the addition or deletion of episodes and details, the
adoption of a different character’s perspective, the way each text might emphasize or deemphasize the agency of a
particular character, or how the characters are differently portrayed.
4) Pay attention to the medium of your chosen texts. For this short essay, you are writing about literary texts. Consider
literary details like word choice, direct vs. indirect speech, narrative point of view, and other elements of style. In
other words, pay attention not only to what happens in the story, but to how the narrative has been constructed.
5) Include a strong conclusion. A good conclusion should not repeat your introduction and it should be more than just
a summary or repetition of your arguments. A compelling conclusion recaps the central points, draws a connection
between these points, and makes a statement about the broader implications of your argument.
6) Use proper MLA citations for in-text examples and in the works-cited page at the end of your paper. This is a close
reading exercise; the task is to demonstrate your attention to textual details. You therefore do not need to refer to
secondary sources, but if you do, they should be properly cited. Consult the resources posted to our eClass site for
help with MLA format.
TIP: Recall that the versions you choose for your paper are two (or more) of countless variations of that tale type. The
earlier version is therefore not an ‘original;’ as we’ve learned, with popular tale types it is not possible to locate an
original version or meanin

 

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