- What’s the argument/What’s the thesis?
The argument is that Welsh is a depressed women and we understand that through her various letters and written works. The thesis may be, “Consequently, such criticism tends to takea predictable trajectory. Welsh Carlyle is variously depicted as a “domestic martyr,” tragic heroine,” or “genius suppressed.”1 These characterizations, while not entirely unfounded, depend upon which of Welsh Carlyle’s extant letters one reads”(145).
2. How do the authors use and incorporate graphs?
Graphs are used in this piece to, “represent years of editorial practices that have led to the development of the extensive list of subject-letter pairings that enabled them”(149) and also to show, “the given topic within the top 10 topics”(151) that the graphs are made from.
3. What are some quotes they use to refer to the graphs?
“For her, home seems to have functioned as a hub, a place where things originate but never remain”(152). About Figure 3.
“As the figure reveals, in her dense network, most recipients share multiple subjects or, at the least, share the same subject with many other recipients”(149). About Figure 1.
4. What do these statements have in common?
Something the statements that refer back to the graphs have in common is that they mention something with regards to the graph like, “As the figure reveals”(149). Also, the content of what is being said is only about the graph and comes from only the graph, no other outside sources that we know of.
5. What other kinds of evidence do they use?
A table is used to show statistical evidence
6. How does that evidence relate to graphs?
This evidence in the graph relates to the graph Figure 4 by further explaining statistics about the word “home”, under Topic 24.
7. How do they incorporate other sources?
Other sources are incorporated through quotations like:
“[I]f it were only for reconciling my imagination to Home—which I had to shudder at! For the rest I have been wonderfully well” (CLO: JWC to MCA, 9 October 1864).
8. What are some problems with this article?
I would say a problems with this article is 1.) We don’t receive that much context about what these letters and things she was writing about that the graphs come from. Like The summaries and where she was. It might be unnecessary info. Also, the graphs contain a lot of data making it somewhat messy.
9. What can the authors do better?
Because the piece was on something I have not done myself, I can’t say much about how to improve it. But maybe an extra explanation of the other sources used.
10. What can the authors do to make their case stronger?
Possibly provide an example from a another source that has some similar data to provide more credibility.