Based on my discussions with some of you this week, I am wondering if, at this stage of your academic journey, you have been introduced to the methodologies of hermeneutics. Hermeneutics is a way of interpreting texts, and there are different approaches. I think I will do more on this next week, as it doesn't seem to have been something you have covered (let me know if I am mistaken!) but which is a very helpful tool when reading texts, especially medieval texts.
Although the word "hermeneutic" might be a bit off-putting, it is a relatively simple concept: it is the method by which we approach a text. For example, you could approach a text from a sociological point of view; or a historical point of view; a psychological point of view, and so on. There is a little more to it than that, but that's the foundational gist of it!
As a rule of thumb (a "heuristic") you should always approach a paper with a hermeneutical method in mind. I would say in a nutshell that all hermeneutic methodologies share this in common: to get at the intention of the author. At the same time, you need to keep in mind: what is YOUR intention in regards to this literature?
With that in mind, as you are thinking about your paper and getting my feedback on your thesis proposals, have a think about the approach you intend to take in your paper. You should, in fact, state your hermeneutical intention in your introduction to your paper.
The following article may help, and we will discuss this more later on: