¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Your second piece of formal writing 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:
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 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.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 You need not present the results of your research 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. It might help to imagine that your audience is a fellow graduate student in a related, non-WMST area; they have picked up this text, which they have never encountered before, and asked you to explain why it matters in your field.