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Select a work from our textbook, either of the two first volumes. You should select a work we have not already and are not going to cover together, but you may choose a different work by an author that we will cover (other than Shakespeare or Chaucer).  With consultation, I would allow you to select an author and work from our time period, but not in our book. For your chosen work, you should research the following:

  1. The historical and political climate of the time (prepare an overview, highlighting particular details that you find particularly important);
  2. The original reception of the work (was it popular and/or accepted at the time, or was unpopular originally);
  3. The critical history of the work (read select pieces of criticism about the work, and prepare an overview);

            4. The biography of the author (especially focusing on any relevance to the selected work);

            5. Your analysis of what you found and how it’s important to our current understanding of the

                work; this part should be at least 2-3 pages.

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