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- <b>General Prompt.</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. The paper should deal with assigned texts in terms of literary genre at least as much as content or other considerations. (Graduates, if any are enrolled in this class, should write a 10-15 page essay that engages with both primary and secondary material.)~~</b>
+ <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. The paper should deal with assigned texts in terms of literary genre at least as much as content or other considerations. (Graduates, if any are enrolled in this class, should write a 10-15 page essay that engages with both primary and secondary material.)</b>


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1. If the assigned work is prose fiction (a short story, novella, or full novel), one key thing to discuss is its way of proceeding as narrative, i.e. as a piece of writing that tells a story. What strikes you about it: is it the story itself? The narrator? The characters? What's distinctive, that is, about this particular piece of story-telling fiction by this author? Discuss with reference to one or more specific passages in the text.
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2. If the assigned work is a poem, one key thing to discuss is its quality as language: in poetry, it's often not so much "story" or "action" that matters most, it's the medium itself: the refined, thought-provoking, emotion-inducing, clarity-enhancing arrangement of words on a page. Words are playing in a very intense spotlight in poetry. How is that quality on display in the particular poem/s you're now reading?
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3. If the assigned work is a drama, one key thing to discuss is the play's manner of representing an action: a play's script is meant to bring carefully delineated or imagined events to life on a stage and thereby to evoke an intellectual/emotional response in an audience. What specific resources (language, structure, settings, realism, symbolic content, character development or revelation, etc.) does the playwright most fully bring to bear in order to further the play's aims as a representation of some "action"?
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Formatting. Follow MLA (Modern Language Association) style -- this means, mainly, that you must observe the following formatting rules:

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