Each class session, one student will deliver a brief presentation, consisting of

Each class session, one student will deliver a brief presentation, consisting of a 10-15 minute-length, thoughtful, analytical discussion of that week’s novel in relation to any text that the class has already read and discussed.
Presentations should be given from notes; while memorization is not necessary, you will be expected to refrain from reading the entire presentation aloud to the class. By carefully juxtaposing new and familiar materials, each presentation will not only broaden, complicate, and refine our understanding of both texts but will, as well, elucidate historical, thematic, methodological, and/or formal connections between them, thereby advancing our semester-long study of Jane Austen’s fiction and her development as a novelist.
Note: this is not a simple “compare and contrast” project. You are not being asked merely to point out similarities and/or differences between two texts, but rather to explore the ways in which one text might provide a meaningful context in which to read and understand another and why. Once you have chosen the texts you want to discuss, you will need to provide an analysis of their relationship, in other words, an account of the precise nature of the connections you are drawing between them and why those connections strike you as fruitful. Be sure to identify the contextual framework, or the internal elements (words, passages, ideas, patterns) in the texts that link them for you—this will constitute the basis of your analysis. Keep in mind, your task is highly focused and analytical in nature: do not attempt to comprehensively explicate either or both texts and please omit extraneous “background information.”
You might connect two or more texts on the basis of any of the following (these are just examples):
▪ shared, developing, or otherwise related representational strategies or formal features
▪ shared, developing, or related ways of interacting with a historical frame of reference
▪ ways in which two texts suggest development of craft, a deepening or a shift in ideas or practice over time
▪ shared, different, or otherwise related approaches to a literary convention or genre
▪ shared, opposed, developing or otherwise related ideological commitments
▪ shared or otherwise related themes or concerns
This is your opportunity to elaborate analytical connections that your classmates will not have made on their own, as well as to set the agenda for the day’s discussion. In order to keep your discussion precise and compelling, you will want to maximize the impact of the textual references—especially the quotations—that you use.
Your relational analysis presentation will be evaluated on the basis of:
▪ your preparation (including whether your e-mail outline is on time and detailed and feedback is taken into consideration)
▪ your adherence to the task (that is, whether your discussion is genuinely relational and genuinely analytical)
▪ the clarity of your discussion
▪ the persuasiveness of your analysis (that is, the effectiveness of your use of evidence and of the organizational framework of your discussion)
▪ the thoughtfulness of your engagement with the materials concerned
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