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PROMPTS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TERM PAPER


- 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 "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 "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].
+ <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>.

- 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>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>

- 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>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:

- 1. A few of our major texts are fairly categorized as realist in their approach: in particular, Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary and Chekhov's comic play The Cherry Orchard. Choose one of these texts and concentrate on how it generates interest, tension, and significance in the absence of larger-than-life characters and heroic action. What questions and dilemmas does realism open up for exploration, and what implications does it hold for our understanding of individual identity and the power of social conventions and institutions?
+ <b>1. A few of our major texts are fairly categorized as realist in their approach: in particular, Flaubert's novel <i>Madame Bovary</i> and Chekhov's comic play <i>The Cherry Orchard.</i> Choose one of these texts and concentrate on how it generates interest, tension, and significance in the absence of larger-than-life characters and heroic action. What questions and dilemmas does realism open up for exploration, and what implications does it hold for our understanding of individual identity and the power of social conventions and institutions?</b>

- 2. Some of our texts -- the poetry of French symbolists Baudelaire, Mallarme, and Rimbaud, Pirandello's Six Characters..., the poetry of the Dadaists, Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Borges' "The Garden of Forking Paths," and Borowski's holocaust story "Ladies and Gentlemen, to the Gas Chamber," to name the obvious ones -- are experimental in form and/or embrace the absurd/irrational/fantastic in content, or both. Choose one author (or at most two) and explore the manner of treatment given to this unusual modern content: one thing to explore might be the extent to which the author asserts control over that content, especially by stylistic and formal means.
+ <b>2. Some of our texts -- the poetry of French symbolists Baudelaire, Mallarme, and Rimbaud, Pirandello's <i>Six Characters...,</i> the poetry of the Dadaists, Kafka's <i>The Metamorphosis,</i> Borges' "The Garden of Forking Paths," and Borowski's holocaust story "Ladies and Gentlemen, to the Gas Chamber," to name the obvious ones -- are experimental in form and/or embrace the absurd/irrational/fantastic in content, or both. Choose one author (or at most two) and explore the manner of treatment given to this unusual modern content: one thing to explore might be the extent to which the author asserts control over that content, especially by stylistic and formal means.</b>

- 3. Goethe's Faust is associated with European Romanticism. We know that the author is working with a legend of several centuries' standing, one in which the protagonist is condemned for seeking forbidden knowledge. In Part II (which we did not read), Goethe's hero escapes that fate. What clues can you find in the first play that might help explain this eventual outcome? That is, what is potentially redemptive about Faust's attitude and conduct? What is the nature of the knowledge he seeks, and what attitude does the play as a whole take up towards that knowledge and the pursuit thereof?
+ <b> 3. Goethe's <i>Faust</i> is associated with European Romanticism. We know that the author is working with a legend of several centuries' standing, one in which the protagonist is condemned for seeking forbidden knowledge. In Part II (which we did not read), Goethe's hero escapes that fate. What clues can you find in the first play that might help explain this eventual outcome? That is, what is potentially redemptive about Faust's attitude and conduct? What is the nature of the knowledge he seeks, and what attitude does the play as a whole take up towards that knowledge and the pursuit thereof?</b>

- 4. Examine the attitude that one of the assigned texts (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay) takes up towards difficult and disturbing things such as war, violence, or death. Does the text represent such phenomena directly or indirectly, by realistic, fantastic, absurdist, or other means? Are these phenomena to be accepted and even welcomed, regarded with indifference, or feared and avoided? What rationale is given for the attitude adopted, and what is the analytic or artistic benefit gained for taking that attitude?
+ <b>4. Examine the attitude that one of the assigned texts (or two, if you would prefer to write a comparative essay) takes up towards difficult and disturbing things such as war, violence, or death. Does the text represent such phenomena directly or indirectly, by realistic, fantastic, absurdist, or other means? Are these phenomena to be accepted and even welcomed, regarded with indifference, or feared and avoided? What rationale is given for the attitude adopted, and what is the analytic or artistic benefit gained for taking that attitude?</b>

- 5. 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 older 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. At base, the thing to explore is how the text/s you choose conceptualizes the relationship between art and other areas of life.
+ <b>5. 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 older 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. At base, the thing to explore is how the text/s you choose conceptualizes the relationship between art and other areas of life.</b>

- ----Formatting. Follow MLA (Modern Language Association) style -- this means, mainly, that you must observe the following formatting rules:
+ <b>Formatting.</b> Follow MLA (Modern Language Association) style -- this means, mainly, that you must observe the following formatting rules:


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- ~pp~ Simpson 1~/pp~
+ Simpson 1

Bart Simpson

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- But I'm Never Going to England!
+ Why Do I Have to Study English if I'm Never Going to England?

- 7. Introduce and cite sources properly within your essay. See my [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide] for the relevant conventions.
+ 7. Introduce and cite sources properly within your essay. See my <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide]</b> for the relevant conventions.

- 8. Offer a "works cited" list on the last page of your document even if an anthology is your only text. Again, see [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide] for the relevant conventions, or refer to a book every humanities major should have: The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th. edition. Ed. Joseph Gibaldi. New York: MLA, 2003.
+ 8. Offer a "works cited" list on the last page of your document even if an anthology is your only text. Again, see <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide]</b> for the relevant conventions, or refer to a book every humanities major should have: <i>The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.</i> 6th. edition. Ed. Joseph Gibaldi. New York: MLA, 2003.

- Rough Drafts (Optional). If you give me a rough draft or some portion of one, I will read it carefully and offer substantive comments. With regard to stylistic matters, I have a detailed online [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide], portions of which I include as "autotexts" with the MS Word Track Changes feature as I go through a draft. I will not simply "fix" rough drafts since that discourages students from doing their own editing. Self-expression and the desire to say something important are good reasons to write, but they alone do not make a person a good writer -- that takes time and respect for the medium itself, including its formal conventions.
+ <b>Rough Drafts (Optional).</b> If you give me a rough draft or some portion of one, I will read it carefully and offer substantive comments. With regard to stylistic matters, I have a detailed online <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide]</b>, portions of which I include as "autotexts" with the MS Word Track Changes feature as I go through a draft. I will not simply "fix" rough drafts since that discourages students from doing their own editing. Self-expression and the desire to say something important are good reasons to write, but they alone do not make a person a good writer -- that takes time and respect for the medium itself, including its formal conventions.

- Research and "Works Cited" For undergraduates, research is optional -- the main thing is to attend closely to the assigned texts. If you like to do outside reading and work with theoretical approaches, that's good, but this assignment is not technically a research paper. Even if you don't incorporate outside research, you still need to include a separate Works Cited page at the end of the essay--that is because you will, of course, be citing at least one of the assigned texts. Use MLA guidelines for citing sources. As for graduates, your longer paper should incorporate at least some secondary material, but I leave the relative balance between primary and secondary material to your discretion. Libraries: [http://www.chapman.edu/academics/libraries.asp|Chapman], [http://www.library.fullerton.edu/|CSUF].
+ <b>Research and "Works Cited"</b> For undergraduates, research is optional -- the main thing is to attend closely to the assigned texts. If you like to do outside reading and work with theoretical approaches, that's good, but this assignment is not technically a research paper. Even if you don't incorporate outside research, you still need to include a separate Works Cited page at the end of the essay--that is because you will, of course, be citing at least one of the assigned texts. Use MLA guidelines for citing sources. As for graduates, your longer paper should incorporate at least some secondary material, but I leave the relative balance between primary and secondary material to your discretion. Libraries: <b>[http://www.chapman.edu/academics/libraries.asp|Chapman]</b>, <b>[http://www.library.fullerton.edu/|CSUF]</b>.


- Additional Guides. I have written many guides to help students with composing, editing, and polishing their essays. Please look over some of this site's materials on writing -- see the Resources/Guides section of your course menu, and click on "Writing Guides" to view the list. Here are links to the main ones: [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=7|MLA], [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar], [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=5|Deductive], [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=3|Citing], [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=1|Analyzing], and [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=2|Editing].
+ <b>Additional Guides.</b> I have written many guides to help students with composing, editing, and polishing their essays. Please look over some of this site's materials on writing -- see the Resources/Guides section of your course menu, and click on "Writing Guides" to view the list. Here are links to the main ones: <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=7|MLA]</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]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=3|Citing]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=1|Analyzing]</b>, and <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=2|Editing]</b>.

- Advance Draft Comments
+ <b>Advance Draft Comments</b>


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- 1) Thesis presentation in your first paragraph
+ <b>1) Thesis presentation in your first paragraph</b>


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Avoiding Generalities. Do not begin your first paragraph with filler such as, "Throughout history, man has fallen in love and written poetry." That is an irrecoverable sign that the writer has little of substance to say. Also avoid literary appreciation filler such as "Ben Jonson's plays are immortal."
- 2) Argument structure and handling of quotations in the main essay
+ <b>2) Argument structure and handling of quotations in the main essay</b>


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- 3) Grammar and Style
+ <b>3) Grammar and Style</b>


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- GRADES FOR THE FINAL DRAFT
+ <b>GRADES FOR THE FINAL DRAFT</b>


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