8 (6/25) | Comparing Content, Comparing Form & Style
–Roupenian, “Cat Person” (p. 76) —Essay 3 Assignment —MLA Citation Quick Guide –Find, read, and summarize (below) one article using a Research Resource
- Please read Kristin Roupenian’s “Cat Person” and consider as you read the ways in which this short story is similar to and different from Alice Munro’s “Wild Swans.” For starters, both stories are about ambiguously unpleasant sexual encounters that could be considered sexual assault, depending on how you interpret/define this term (sexual assault). This is one broad similarity, but I want you to see if you can notice other, more specific similarities. I also want you to take note of the differences between these two stories: how are the two sexual encounters described in each text different? How are the styles of these two writers—Roupenian and Munro—different? You don’t need to write anything (although you can), but this is what I want you thinking about as you read.
- Please read the MLA Citation guide (link above) and give Essay 2 feedback to two (2) classmates. In your feedback, please indicate where and how the writer could improve either their in-text citations (when they quote) or their Works Cited page (at the end of their essay).
- I want you to find and read a research article using the resources linked above—preferably an article that helps you make a connection/comparison between your main Essay 2 text and another work of literature that it is similar to in some way. Once you’ve read your research article, I want you to write 2 paragraphs below.
3a. A paragraph summarizing the research article you’ve found. In this paragraph please also explain how this article’s content connects to the main text you’re analyzing (and, if possible, the text you’re comparing your main text to).
3b. A paragraph that gives an overview of the major similarities and differences between your main Essay 2 text (the one you are close reading and analyzing) and the other text you’ve found that is similar to it in some ways. At the end of your paragraph, include a new statement about what makes your main text unique (i.e., different from the text it’s similar to.