Scrapbook Assignment #2
E-mail this to me by midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 5
Re-read the “research plan” you imagined for this past week’s assignment. Find three different kinds of resources that might help you to pursue this plan. These resources can differ by discipline or methodology (as in cultural history vs. literary criticism vs. art history), by source/medium (library book vs. document from an online database vs. scholarly journal article), or by the kind of evidence they provide (an example, an overview, a theory).
Please write up one paragraph for each of the three resources. Describe each resource and why you chose it. Then, tell me what you could do with this resource. Which part of the problem does it help you solve? Which one of your questions does it help you answer? If you were drafting an essay on this subject, how and why would you bring each resource up? Does it suggest further questions, or change the way you frame your original question(s)?
Scrapbook Assignment #1
Browse the theater-going scrapbook we explored in class. After familiarizing yourself with the whole book, pick a page that interests you and study it closely. Please respond to all of the following prompts in a single document and e-mail it to me by Tuesday (1/29) midnight.
1) Who do you imagine the maker of this scrapbook was? Why might he or she want to make this book? In answering each question, what evidence are you relying on? (When appropriate, cite evidence by page number.)
2) In regard to the particular page you chose, what feels familiar about it? About the kind of performance featured on this page? About the way it’s presented or described in the materials on this page? What might you compare it to in contemporary culture?
3) What feels unfamiliar about this page? What questions does it make you want to ask about the performance? About the theatrical or cultural norms surrounding it? About the people, institutions, or cultures that produced it? I want a long list of questions. Remember, there’s no “dumb” question.
4) Pick one of these questions—perhaps a particularly puzzling or complicated one—and come up with a plan for answering it. You needn’t answer it now, but be specific about what kinds of resources you might consult. You may want to consult with Sara Smith or another research or special collections librarian. They likely know about research tools or tactics you’ve never even dreamt of!