For this assignment, students examine drafts to analyze the changes made to a work of literature before its publication. It is an informal assignment that does not require a thesis or introduction, instead pushing students to focus entirely on the significances of the changes to the draft. Students will not need to return to the reading room to complete this assignment
After completing this assignment, students will be able to
- conduct archival research
- read library catalogue and finding aid information
- practice appropriate care and handling of archival materials
- use close reading skills for textual analysis
- understand writing as a process
In order to make the most of your time during your Rose Library Session, please be sure to prepare your students in advance.
- Instructor should provide a clear goal of what students should accomplish during rotations
- Prior to the session, students should understand what they are looking for while examining the materials
- Students should have a clear sense of what they need to know about an object to complete the assignment successfully
- We strongly recommend using digitized materials as a brief example in class so that students will know what to expect during the session
Here’s what you can expect during your class session
- Introduction to the Rose Library (if this is the first class visit)
- Introduction to the materials in use
- Care and handling instructions
- Student will examine materials either individually or in groups, depending on instructor preference.
Sally Fitzgerald Papers
Salman Rushdie Papers
Ted Hughes Papers
Alice Walker Papers
Lucille Clifton Papers
To cite this page:
Chase, Elizabeth. "Textual Analysis of Drafts," Rose Library Teaching with Archives Portal, [date of access], http://rose.library.emory.edu/instruction/portal/assignments/textual-analysis.html.Please cite this portal and give credit to the creator when using this assignment.