Day 5: What is your project about?

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DAY 5 CONTENT SUMMARY:

  • Our sense of what our project is “about” evolves over the course of a project, becoming gradually clearer until we have determined our main point, the claim expressed in our thesis statement that our entire manuscript supports and explains.

  • It can be helpful to answer the question “what is your project about?” repeatedly over the course of a project, because our evolving answers to this question help us track our progress.

  • The question “what is your project about?” can be answered in specific terms (i.e., what it is “about” for your scholarly community), or more abstract terms (i.e., what archetypal human experience or universal pattern is reflected or materialized in your project).

Posted on November 4, 2018 .