Formal submission 1: Contextual exploration

Your first formal submission will be a deeper exploration of any one of our readings. Choose a text that you expect to be important to your final project and/or to your doctoral work more broadly, and research its context sufficiently to answer the following question:

What is the significance of this work within feminist knowledge production?

You might look at its publication history; at the writer’s other work and their overall intellectual project; at political and historical events that were taking place when it came out; at reviews, critiques, or other responses published at the time and afterward; at the disciplinary, activist, and/or popular contexts in which it tends to be cited, both within and outside of academia.

You may choose to present your research either in written form or as an audio or video recording – imagine an informative podcast or YouTube video. If you choose an audiovisual option, you are welcome to include music, images, or any other creative elements that you think will enhance your analysis.

You need not offer as a thesis-driven argument, but you should synthesize and explain what you have discovered – don’t just compile a list of quotations, and don’t just summarize the argument of your chosen text. It might help to imagine that your audience is a fellow graduate student in a related area; they have picked up this text, which they have never encountered before, and asked you to explain why it matters in feminist theory and/or Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

You are free to write about a text you have summarized for class, but you should not repeat your summary.

If you submit text, write least 1000 and no more than 1500 words. Use .doc, .docx, or .rtf format only and include full citations in the style of your choice.

If you submit an audio or video file, record at least 5 and no more than 15 minutes. (The length will depend on the density of your presentation style!) Include a bibliography and a written transcript of the content (this need not be word for word) in case of technical difficulties.

This assignment is due on ELMS on Monday September 30.