Article with Graphs Questions

  1. What is the argument? What’s the thesis?

The argument I am assuming is how Jane Welsh Carlyle’s works vary and how her idea of home makes her work worth studying. The last sentence at the bottom of paragraph three “Metaphorically speaking at least, Welsh Carlyle was homeless, a kind of intellectual vagrant who used her letters to create a biography both readable and worthy of study.” struck me as the thesis statement for this paper. I think this expresses an argument that her idea of home or lack there of us evident in her writing and is unique in that was and worth study.

2. How do the authors use and incorporate graphs?

Graphs are included to show the travel of her letters and her topics of her letters and how this is evidence for the relation of her writing and her representation of the idea of home.

3. What are some quotes that they use to refer to graphs?

“…to illustrate Welsh Carlyle’s social network; the line of each connection designates a letter sent to a recipient and the subject about which she communicated with them.”

“Welsh Carlyle’s topic networks, pictured below, differ from her subject networks in that they were generated by computationally gathering topics common to her corpus rather than relying on pre-assigned editorial subject indices.”


“Home, then, is inextricably connected with writing (whether she is writing or reading) and with travel or moving away from a single, physical location.”

“Figure 5 provides another visual representation of ways that Welsh Carlyle enveloped home…”

4. What do these statements have in common?

Each quote outlines what the graph is going to express or why this is useful to us as a reader. At first, the graphs seem very confusing, but the explanation of what the graphs entail really help make the graphs more powerful in proving the authors’ argument.

5. What other kinds of evidence do they use?

They include quotes from Jane Welsh Carlyle herself, as well as people who knew her and received her letters. This helps the reader get to know the central topic a lot better. Also included is one of the letters she wrote.

6. How does that evidence relate to graphs?

The letter is the type of writing that is represented in the graph in its travel and subject topics. Her quotes and quotes about her go to prove why she wrote about the things that she did.How do they incorporate other sources?

7. How do they incorporate other sources?

The sources flow well within the paper with in-text citations and block quotes.

8. What are some problems with this article?

I thought the paper was well written and well organized. The information flows well and is pretty easy to follow. I found it difficult to pinpoint the argument, however.

9. What can the authors explain better?

The argument could be better explained in the beginning of the paper.

10. What can the authors do to make their case stronger

I am sure that any more quotes you can obtain from those her knew her would improve the case, as well as letters that express the idea of home you are trying to prove.


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