Articles with graphs


In analyzing “Jane Welsh Carlyle’s Social Network and the Lexical Construction of “Home” by Travis Mullen and Rachel Mann, there are multiple aspects of the paper to be dissected and examined closer. The thesis for this paper states that “In relying upon this type of discourse as a window into her identity, early criticism depicts Welsh Carlyle as a reified image of piety, an image that she indeed fostered in some of her letters” (Mullen, Mann). Which argues over if Jane Welsh Carlyle was a “domestic martyr,” tragic heroine,” or “genius suppressed” (Mullen, Mann). In this essay, the two authors also incorporate the use of data to further their point. The graphs of data are creatively woven into the paper by the authors first describing how complex a certain point was by saying “Welsh Carlyle had 125 unique recipients—people to whom Carlyle did not write —which suggests that she had a sophisticated and extensive social network independent of her husband and his social network” and then using the graph to illustrate this point even further. The authors also use evidence from other sources to help further their points, and enhance the effectiveness of the graphs by incorporating other findings. These other sources are modestly intertwined into the paragraphs of this essay by using footnotes at the end of selected sentences that direct the reader to the bottom of the page to have the information explained in a more thorough manner. One issue that I have with this essay is that this topic seems to be very complex and I would have liked the topic to explained into more detail by the authors. Overall this is an outstanding essay. If I could make one further suggestion, it would be use another graph or two. Preferably some that are a little less complex.


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