Assessing the Credibility of Sources. 5 Aspects. 1. Source of Publication. Books (University & Scholarly Presses vs. Popular Presses) Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed vs. other) Chapters in Books Conference Books (Selected papers that are peer reviewed)
John Swales “Create a Research Space” (CARS) Model*
Three Common Moves
in scholarly introductions
*John Swales, Genre Analysis: English in Academic and Research Settings. Cambridge UP, 1990.
--to guide research questions
--to guide methodology
Initial Research Question
How might needlework be understood as a literate practice?
Background reading on scholarship of needlework, literate practice, rhetorical, literary, cultural, and textile scholarship on needlework art/craft scholarship, current discussions about needlework, museum holdings of needlework
British Projectcirca 1600-1630 (V&A)
British circa 1630-1699 (V&A)17th-Century Samplers
Jenny Beaman 1736 Sampler Project(Montague)
Ann Smith 1767 Sampler (FW Museum)18th-Century Samplers
Definition of History: “History is the descriptive analysis and theory of [various] transformations” (“Politics” 59)
Method: “I do not question discourses about their silently intended meanings, but about the fact and conditions of their manifest appearance; not about the contents which they may conceal, but about the transformations which they have effected; not about the sense preserved within them like a perpetual origin, but about the field where they coexist, reside and disappear” (“Politics 60)
Foucault, M. “Politics and the Study of Discourse.” The Foucault Effect.
What objects, operations (practices), concepts, and theoretical options can be identified in the discursive formation of needlework samplers?
What changes in these do I detect?