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- __Due Dates.__ The final draft will be due as specified at the bottom of the syllabus page. I require emailed attachments in MS Word or Corel Word Perfect (or "inline" only if necessary) because it's easier to comment on drafts and maintain records. A one-paragraph topic/argument description will be due by email on the date the syllabus page specifies. See the syllabus for the paper requirement's value as a percentage of the course grade.
+ <b>Due Dates.</b> The final draft will be due as specified at the bottom of the syllabus page. I require emailed attachments in MS Word or Corel Word Perfect (or "inline" only if necessary) because it's easier to comment on drafts and maintain records. A one-paragraph topic/argument description will be due by email on the date the syllabus page specifies. See the syllabus for the paper requirement's value as a percentage of the course grade.
- __Key Guides:__ __[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=7|MLA Format]__, __[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar]__, __[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=5|Deductive Essays]__, __[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=3|Citing Texts]__, __[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=1|Analyzing Texts]__, and __[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=2|Editing Tips]__.
- ~~#0096c2:__===General Prompt===. Choose one or two assigned texts and, focusing on issues you find relevant and manageable, write a 5-7 page essay specific in its initial thesis, easy to follow in structure, and clear and consistent in style. (Graduates, if any are enrolled in this class, should write a 10-15 page essay that engages with both primary and secondary material.)~~__
+ <b>Key Guides:</b> <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=7|MLA Format]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=5|Deductive Essays]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=3|Citing Texts]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=1|Analyzing Texts]</b>, and <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=2|Editing Tips]</b>.
- __Developing a Topic:__ You may want to develop a paper topic by refining or adapting one of the study questions on our authors. If so, send me the question or questions that interest you, and I will gladly help you "spin" a good topic. But here are some you may find worthwhile:
+ <b><u>General Prompt</u></b>. Choose one or two assigned texts and, focusing on issues you find relevant and manageable, write a 5-7 page essay specific in its initial thesis, easy to follow in structure, and clear and consistent in style. (Graduates, if any are enrolled in this class, should write a 10-15 page essay that engages with both primary and secondary material.)
- __~~#0096c2:1. Often literary works explore the relationship between concepts or kinds of experience that may seem to be mutually exclusive or opposite, but that turn out to be related in significant ways or somehow in need of thorough rethinking. Consider this possibility in one of our assigned readings (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay). Some paired terms to consider, depending on the text: wild/civilized; words/action; self/other; human/divine; political/personal; good/evil.~~__
- __~~#0096c2:2. A number of our religious and philosophical texts either proceed by way of conversation or dialogic exchanges, teach by means of figures and parables, and/or closely examine the difficulties of speech and writing as media for the conveyance of wisdom and truth. Discuss one such assigned work (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay) in light of the way its style or method proves important to the conveyance of truth or the attainment of insight.~~__
+ <b>Developing a Topic:</b> You may want to develop a paper topic by refining or adapting one of the study questions on our authors. If so, send me the question or questions that interest you, and I will gladly help you "spin" a good topic. But here are some you may find worthwhile:
- __~~#0096c2:3. The notion that art is a realm unto itself and therefore separate from other aspects of life is quite modern; it would not have made much sense to people in ancient times. Choose one of our assigned readings (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay) and discuss how the text explores the significance of a particular kind of art (or, more broadly, the "aesthetic" dimension of existence) for social life, politics, religion, or whatever area seems appropriate to the text you choose.~~__
- __~~#0096c2:4. A number of the assigned texts include or discuss the value of prophecies, predictions, dreams, or visions of one sort or another. Choose one such work (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay) and examine it in light of what it says about such things, or in light of the role they play in the story (if it is a work of fiction).~~__
+ <b>1. Often literary works explore the relationship between concepts or kinds of experience that may seem to be mutually exclusive or opposite, but that turn out to be related in significant ways or somehow in need of thorough rethinking. Consider this possibility in one of our assigned readings (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay). Some paired terms to consider, depending on the text: wild/civilized; words/action; self/other; human/divine; political/personal; good/evil.</b>
- __~~#0096c2:5. Examine the attitude that one of the assigned texts (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay) strikes up towards difficult and disturbing things such as war, violence, or death. Does the text represent such phenomena directly or indirectly? Are they to be accepted and even welcomed, regarded with indifference, or feared and avoided? What rationale is given for the attitude adopted?~~__
- __~~#0096c2:6. Choose one of the assigned readings (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay) and discuss how the author relates himself or herself to predecessor texts/authors. What exactly is the relationship posited between the present author and the predecessor/s? To what extent does the author seem to be competing with or trying to overturn the older text? To what extent and in what sense is the older text a source of authority for the more recent one?~~__
+ <b>2. A number of our religious and philosophical texts either proceed by way of conversation or dialogic exchanges, teach by means of figures and parables, and/or closely examine the difficulties of speech and writing as media for the conveyance of wisdom and truth. Discuss one such assigned work (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay) in light of the way its style or method proves important to the conveyance of truth or the attainment of insight.</b><b>3. The notion that art is a realm unto itself and therefore separate from other aspects of life is quite modern; it would not have made much sense to people in ancient times. Choose one of our assigned readings (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay) and discuss how the text explores the significance of a particular kind of art (or, more broadly, the "aesthetic" dimension of existence) for social life, politics, religion, or whatever area seems appropriate to the text you choose.</b><b>4. A number of the assigned texts include or discuss the value of prophecies, predictions, dreams, or visions of one sort or another. Choose one such work (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay) and examine it in light of what it says about such things, or in light of the role they play in the story (if it is a work of fiction).</b><b>5. Examine the attitude that one of the assigned texts (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay) strikes up towards difficult and disturbing things such as war, violence, or death. Does the text represent such phenomena directly or indirectly? Are they to be accepted and even welcomed, regarded with indifference, or feared and avoided? What rationale is given for the attitude adopted?</b><b>6. Choose one of the assigned readings (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay) and discuss how the author relates himself or herself to predecessor texts/authors. What exactly is the relationship posited between the present author and the predecessor/s? To what extent does the author seem to be competing with or trying to overturn the older text? To what extent and in what sense is the older text a source of authority for the more recent one?</b>

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