Textual Analysis of a thesis in Edward Albee's “Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf”
Textual Analysis of a thesis in Edward Albee's “Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf”
Essay (Textual Analysis)

A “Textual Analysis,” sometimes called a “close reading,” is a kind of academic essay. This sort of document pays special attention to the language and interpretive possibilities offered by what appears on the page itself. Because this essay is analytical in nature, it needs to be thesis-driven; it will also need to include textual evidence and offer thoughtful reasoning. And, because it is a literary essay, it will need to deal with the imaginative world created by the texts we have read, not your feelings, and not “the real world.” I will expect this essay to be at least four full pages long with an additional page attached to cite any sources you have relied on, including the text you wrote about. Using direct evidence from the book will be essential for success. Deadlines for this assignment are staggered throughout the term (and are based on which text you’re writing about).