Disgrace by J.M.Coetzee

1. read the book “Disgrace” written by J.M.Coetzee.
2. You may focus on such things as imagery, or metaphors, or allusions, and why Coetzee might be using them. You may focus on the treatment of women. You may focus on any philosophical or literary concepts which preoccupy the main character. You may focus on the development of the plot or character development. You may focus on the purpose of sexual encounter and what that does for character development. Choose one focus and do not deviate,
3 use “Sheridan Baker Thesis Machine” to write.
4.Only use the quotation in this book.
the paper will require you to formulate a position, otherwise known as an academic argument, on an issue from the novel Disgrace. You may practice formulating a thesis on this text. However, the paper that you write will stem from only one thesis. This eventual argument will be literary in nature you will analyze a character, theme, or point of view if you choose to write about elements in the novel, or it will be cultural, historical, or sociological in nature if you choose to write about circumstances surrounding the writing of Coetzee’s work. For example, if you write about historical factors governing Coetzee’s work, your argument will historical in nature.
At this point you should complete reading the novel, or review it if you have finished it already. Then, start to formulate your position .the first discussion board for the week will require you to free-write on your possible positions, or arguments. You will then create your potential thesis statements on the novel. Eventually you will choose one of these and develop a paper.
The links below will provide examples and explanations of the Sheridan Baker Thesis Machine, a nifty, if silly named, device that prompts you to formulate a strong thesis position and to consider alternative points of view, or the counterargument to what you are proposing.
 
http://www.washjeff.edu/sites/default/files/uploadedfiles/facstaff/faculty/writingskills/the_thesis_machine.pdf
More Examples:
http://www-scf.usc.edu/~dtomkins/Invention.html#Baker
http://sait.usc.edu/resed/myfresh/Experience/Academic/WritingResource/The%20Sheridan%20Baker%20Thesis%20Machine.pdf
 
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