18. Quick reference list of principles, rules, guidelines, and advice

18.1. Principles

  • practicability
  • shareability
  • credibility
  • discovery & insight
  • accuracy
  • equality (for rich analysis)
  • diversity (for rich analysis)
  • liveliness (for rich analysis)

18.2. Rules

  • “equal interest” rule
  • “in good taste” rule
  • tolerance
  • respect for group members’ sensibilities
  • understanding before deciding
  • persuasion, not preaching
  • English as official language

18.3. Guidelines (standards) and advice

18.3.1. Class discourse rules

  • “Equal interest” rule
  • “In good taste” rule
  • Critically aware tolerance and the CDE schema
  • Respecting group member sensibilities
  • Understanding before deciding
  • Persuasion not preaching
  • English is the official language (and other language issues)

18.3.2. Limiting the scope of interpretive projects

  • The “always about high-order love” standard
  • We analyze narrative worlds, not “real” worlds
  • ToM as litmus test
  • Short-listing

18.3.3. Achieving outcome credibility and interest Credibility

  • Analysis begins with a basic understanding of the story or film
  • Using secondary sources effectively begins with wise selection and an understanding of its key ideas
  • academically credible
  • understanding what you are reading
  • use the idea(s) effectively
  • Being real in discussions and interpretive conclusions
  • Critical judgement
  • Time investment
  • Rhetorical and logical missteps: overreach, false equivalents, term slippage Interest

  • Time-investment: The “Beyond-First-Thoughts” standard
  • The “Content-Rich” standard
  • Lively dialogue, bounded dialogue

18.3.4. Discursive rules and shared terminology for precision in communication

  • Shared terminology
  • Managing complexity by avoiding compound statements created by “X and Y” and “X or Y”
  • Accuracy in specific terms
    • “premodern” and “traditional”
    • “Buddhist” vs “Buddhist-like” and similar structures
    • Special course requirement when using the word “fate”
    • “loyalty,” “faithfulness,” “fidelity,” and “devotion”
    • “true love” and thoughts on “natural love”

18.3.5. Before you begin

  • recalibrate
  • resources: knowledge, research, dialogue

18.3.6. During the process

  • together-separate-together

18.3.7. Before you conclude

  • one-more-time check


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