He received his Ph D in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
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This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.
Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.
Make sure you have a clear understanding of the assignment, choose an appropriate topic, define your audience, clarify the purpose of the essay, conduct the necessary research, and then formulate a thesis about your topic.
Revision is often the most neglected part of the writing process.Unlike editing, which focuses on correcting surface errors to make sure the paper complies with “the rules” of English, revision is the process of evaluating the argument and the ideas behind the paper and refining them to develop focus, nuance, and style.Revision lets you experiment with your writing, giving you the freedom to create a less-than-perfect first draft.The dissonance between the narrator’s apparent cruelty toward Cynthia Vane and the sympathy we develop toward her create an ambiguity in judging the narrator's ethics, one best worked out in light of Wayne Booth’s concepts of the implied author, a continuum of narratorial reliability, and ethical motive behind narrative distance.The thesis now has a narrower focus, and not only is the idea now more original (This paper will explain a problematic aspect of the Nabokov story, using some of Booth's theoretical concepts), but the relationship between the two halves of the thesis has been reversed.He has a sharp wit and is literarily aware, making his writing intelligent and maddeningly referential.However, he weaponizes this wit against now-deceased Cynthia and suicidal Sybil, characters who ultimately deserve our sympathy.A lot of us get into the habit of “tacking on” our introduction and conclusion after writing the body of the paper.After all, the most important part of the introduction is the thesis, and so long as that is clearly articulated, we can worry about the rest of the introduction later.Reacting to New Critical theory, Booth defends an analytical system that links the narrator’s method of delivery and the thematic content of the story.Chief among these concepts are the “implied author,” a guiding force the audience perceives to be directing the progress of the narrative, and a continuum of narratorial reliability based on the difference between the implied author and the views of the narrator.