Interview Assignment

Interview Assignment


If you haven’t already, sign up for your Interview.  Be sure you select the appropriate tab for your tutorial, and that you are logged in with your McMaster Google Account.

Your role is as a panelist who has researched all the questions and are able to offer a response to them. Your responsibilities are as follows:

  1. Research the questions, which are listed in Avenue
  2. Prepare at least 1 of your own question for fellow panelists.
    – Come up with a question of your own and ask it.
  3. Add or augment the answers of fellow panelists.
  4. Submit bibliography of your sources.
  5. Submit research notes.

The Assignment In-Action

If you want an idea of how the assignment will look, check out the assignment’s inspiration: BBC4 Arts and Culture Program “In Our Time.”

The objective of all your research is to have an active conversation between panelists who have all researched the same questions and have come to varying conclusions.

Dr. Bretz recommends the following episodes:

  • IOT: “The Tempest”
  • IOT: “Shakespeare and Literary Criticism”
  • IOT: “Fairies”
  • IOT: “Lear”
  • IOT: “Shakespeare’s Life”
  • IOT: “The Divine Right of Kings”
  • IOT: “Witchcraft”
  • IOT: “Seventeenth Century Print Culture”

These can also be listened to as a podcast on iTunes.


Do I need to have answers to all the questions?


How will the questions be asked?
Ever seen da Vinci’s Last Supper? You’ll be arranged basically like that, facing your peers. I will pose the questions, and you will answer them. You can answer whatever questions appeal to you most, but if I ask a question and no panelist offers an answer I will pick at random.

Also, remember that you are not just graded for your answers; you are also graded for your ability to respond (or add) to the answers of your fellow panelists.

In other words, prepare answers for all the questions, even if you go into greater depth on a handful.

How do I conduct my research?

  1. “What do I already know?”
    Start with figuring out what you already know. Look at which frameworks you’re interested in or familiar with. Think about information you already have or knowledge that you already possess. Are you comfortable with gender? Questions about class? Race? Religion? What do you know about the play or the time in which it was performed?
  2. Brainstorm keywords & search terms. Don’t self-censor.
  3. Consult General Information Texts
    These texts help you affirm your understanding. They’re great for identifying new words or terminology, revealing related information, and guiding you to more specific secondary sources. Examples of these sources include:

    1. Dictionaries
    2. Encyclopedias
    3. Handbooks
    4. Maps
    5. Textbooks
    6. Introductions to your texts
  4. Consult scholarly books and journals
    JSTOR is but one source. Make extensive use of your library sources. I especially recommend checking out McMaster’s English Literature Course GuideI quite like the MLA International Bibliography. Don’t know how to find that? Talk to your librarian, that’s what they’re there for and they are really cool and knowledgable.
  5. Keep track of your sources
    This is important: please keep track of your sources. Consider using citation management software like Zotero or PaperPile. Or keep track in a spreadsheet; whatever works best for you.

How am I being graded?

See Course Outline in Avenue. Also check Rubric in Avenue.

“I have more questions.”
Email me. Or better yet, jump into our Discord chat.