R​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​ationale: The research essay focuses on the contexts of reception by drawing on key concepts about literature as a tool for freedom from oppression, and requires you to demonstrate critical thinking skills through analysis of literary textual features in relation to broader course themes. It also develops academic research and writing, including referencing skills, and the ability to develop a cohesive and well-supported argument. 

You are invited to consider this statement in regard to ONE of the primary texts that are listed below. You are required to explore the impacts of your chosen text to understand its inclusion (or not) as a text in this course about literature and power. Through your own research you will seek to learn how it was received when it was produced and in what ways it changed “perceptions” either at the time or since, or both. You will identify and discuss textual features that you suggest led to these outcomes, and bring forward evidence from the text itself and credible secondary sources to support your claims. One of the following approaches might assist you to hone your discussion, however these are ideas, and not requirements. You should choose an approach that best suits your aims in regard to your chosen text, a​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​nd make clear this approach in the introduction to your essay. 

Suggested approaches 

• Direct your analysis through the lens of a branch of literary criticism, such as feminism, post colonialism, ecocriticism; 

• Make reference to another text/s by another author to illustrate the ways your chosen text contributes to a wider political or social movement; 

• Consider how the text has stood the test of time: has its significance or relevance waned or increased? Why? Approved primary texts 

• Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee 

• Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (see note below) 

• “Future Visions of Our Planet” AND one other poem of your choice by by Kae Thempest 

• Moonlight (dir.) Barry Jenkins

 • No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani Note: If you choose Silent Spring you should seek out the full text (available in the library) to extend your discussion beyond the excerpt provided in Week 7. 

You are not permitted to write on a text that you discussed in Assessment 2. 11 Research and referencing In addition to the primary text/s you must draw on at least SIX secondary sources, at least THREE of which must be scholarly. Given the focus of this task, suitable support might be found in other sources such as journalism, government reports and websites for literary organisations and social or political movements.

 You must consider the authenticity of material you provide for evidence, and use it with regard to academic integrity. You should not include dictionaries, encyclopaedias, teaching aid sites (such as Skwirk), blogs or p​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​ublicly-edited information sites.