An academic article or paper – what you will need to write for the Arbeidskrav II – is:
An analysis of a primary sources (original works of literature), read in the context of secondary sources (scholarly interpretations of the primary source).
In other words:
Your project paper will not only be your personal engagement with a primary text
(Hamlet, Jane Eyre, The Importance of Being Earnest, etc,)
It will also include your personal engagement with the secondary texts that have been written about your primary text.
Ø A scholarly book analyzing “Madness in Hamlet”
Ø A scholarly article analyzing the theme of “Death in Jane Eyre”
Ø A relevant piece of cultural criticism (feminist manifesto, etc.) about Marriage in Late
Victorian Society, against which you may shape your views about “Love in The
Importance of Being Earnest”, etc.
What is a Secondary Source?
In scholarship, a secondary source is a text that relates, discusses, analyzes, interprets, synthesizes, or evaluates information originally presented elsewhere.
For your purposes…
Ø This “information presented elsewhere” (Primary Source) will be one or more of the primary texts on our syllabus.
Ø This “text that relates, discusses, analyzes, interprets, synthesizes, or evaluates” your chosen text from our syllabus (Secondary Source) can take the form of:
Scholarly Books: You will find example of these in the University Library or on Google Books.
Scholarly Articles: These are usually published in Academic Book Collections,
Journals, or online Digital Archives such as Jstor or Project Muse.
You will find examples of these in the University Library or on Google
Scholar or the University VPN service (vpn.uit.no).
N.B. I included a lot of detail on how and where to find Secondary Sources in the file “How to
Formulate a research Question” – available in the Resources folder for “Week 6” on Fronter.
I strongly encourage you to