A Guide to Perspective Analysis

Written by: Randall Fallows (UCLA)

Depending upon where you find this academic writing textbook, it may carry the title A Guide to Perspective Analysis or Exploring Perspectives: A Concise Guide to Analysis. Either way, this work by Randall Fallows endeavors to teach students how to write better analytical essays. Fallows has been teaching courses in writing at several California Universities since 1982. His text is written in a light-hearted and humorous tone – makes sense as he participates in both standup and improvisational comedy at several clubs in Los Angeles. Dr. Fallows is a lecturer and writing two coordinator for the Department of Writing Programs at the University of California, Los Angeles.

This textbook takes what I and the author see as a refreshing approach to the subject of analysis. Instead of students having to follow the “right” interpretations of what they read as presented by their instructor, they are given the tools to come to their own and unique conclusions. Fallows set out to give students a “better understanding of how to discover, develop, and revise an analytical essay.” His goal is to get students to move beyond writing simple summaries of what they read but instead share original analysis of what they have studied.

Don’t get snookered into paying a subscription fee to read this one. It was originally released in 2011 under a Creative Commons license and can be found freely in numerous places online. I’ve linked to what appears to be the most complete version. The textbook was written without a table of contents or index and very few hyperlinks. One educator suggested that students could be assigned the task of creating their own index as part of their study of analysis.

Table of Contents for A Guide to Perspective Analysis

About the Author
Chapter 1: Analysis for Multiple Perspectives
The Nature of Analysis
Chapter 2: Setting the Stage for Writing
Considering your own subjectivity
Consulting Other Sources
An Overview of the Writing Process
Chapter 3: Developing Assertions: From a Close Reading of Examples
A Close Reading of the Details
From Interpretations to Assertions
Chapter 4: Explanations and Significance: Developing Your Analysis
Explaining Your Perspective
Considering the Broader Significance
Chapter 5: The Analytical Essay: Expressing Your Points of View
Focusing, Developing, and Synthesizing
Creating an Effective Style
Appendix: Frequently Asked Questions About Analysis

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