find an exhibit that you personally find compelling (your essay should also reflect why you care about the issue and why your reader should care about the issue as well), and then suggest compelling implications for the texts you use for referenc

This essay will revolve around an exhibit of your choosing. An “exhibit” can be a text, an event, a performance, a speech, an image, or anything that can be interpreted and carries the potential for rich analysis. We use the term “exhibit” rather than “example” to connote a site of sustained and expansive engagement. While an example merely affirms an argument, an exhibit is dynamic; indeed, the exhibit itself may raise problems with our status quo understanding. Through careful analysis, our developing ideas about the exhibit may change or challenge our initial assumptions.

Your task is to find an exhibit that you personally find compelling (your essay should also reflect why you care about the issue and why your reader should care about the issue as well), and then suggest compelling implications for the texts you use for reference. Your argument should offer a close reading of your exhibit that engages the varying positions of 2-4 texts (I’ve attached these). By orchestrating and contributing to this scholarly conversation, your essay should bring the reader to a new understanding of your exhibit in relation to that conversation.

GOALS:
Use the introduction to orient the reader and identify an intellectual problem (a tension, an ambiguity, a complicated idea, or a site of possible misunderstanding); formulating a strong claim; establishing a motive; maintaining a coherent structure; using evidence fairly and persuasively.
Integrate your texts with deliberation and purpose. The texts can be used to establish the motive, provide key terms, support your claim, or argue/engage with other interpretations. Document sources/texts in MLA.
Have cohesion and coherence in your prose on the sentence level and on the paragraph level. Your diction should be precise. Avoid cliches of language and cliches of thought.
Have an interesting and informative title.

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