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ENGL 250-001: Intro to Literary Methods (BMC)

ENGL 250-001: Introduction to Literary Methods; Spring 2019; Prof. Gordon

Critical Review Exercise

Use the MLA International Bibliography, find at least five secondary sources that analyze Shakespeare’s Sonnet 20. Then, write a short paper that summarizes the critical debates about the poem.

What kinds of arguments do scholars make about Sonnet 20? What different critical perspectives and methodologies do they use (psychoanalysis, gender studies, Marxism, queer theory, etc.)? What words, phrases, and images do they focus on, and how do different critical perspectives generate alternative readings of those lines? If you quote from the secondary sources, do so sparingly and strategically.

Include a bibliography that uses MLA style formatting.