Feel free to borrow and adapt the following for the Dueling Thesis Statements in your Proposal and beyond. Please note that these are extremely truncated: your Dueling Ts will be 3-5 sentences +. That said, the templates off a good place to start, even if we fill them out immediately. First, here’s the key to the template:
X = Your Text
Y = Your Theoretical / Methodological / Historical / Author/Biography Background / Theme
A = Critical Common Sense–what “They Say” (what has been said)
B = My Unique Argument–what “I Say” (what you’re adding to the conversation)
Template 1 (simple, just the bones): In what follows, I trace [X] in the context of [Y]. Critics have duly noted [A]. However, I hope look more closely at a specific part of [X] to offer an account of how [B].
Template 2 (more complex):This essay explores [X] in the context of [Y]. Though critics have noted [A], they have not yet explored (or I would like to explore more fully) [background for B]. Closer attention to [specific aspects X] reveal that, rather than simply show how [paraphrase of A], the author actually suggests that [specific statement of B]
Each of these templates offers a clear articulation of one might enter a given research conversation, indicating the broader theoretical context, the more specific conversation surrounding your text/author, and also showing how you plan to extend that conversation. Your Dueling Ts should do the same.