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- <b>General Prompt. Choose one or (at most, and only if they're relatively brief) two assigned texts and, focusing on critical/theoretical issues that you are able to specify clearly and that 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. Proofread your grammar and check your argument carefully for soundness when you get to the final-draft stage (see links below for guides that can help you in that task). The paper should deal with an assigned text or texts in terms of their specifics – language, structure, themes, areas of critical and theoretical interest, etc. – it should not proceed by way of vague generalities or try to cover so much that developing ideas fully becomes impossible.</b>
+ <b>General Prompt. Choose one or (at most, and only if they're relatively brief) two assigned texts and, focusing on critical/theoretical issues that you are able to specify clearly and that you find relevant and manageable, write a 5-7 page essay (comparison/contrast essays usually run at least 7 pages, I should add) specific in its initial thesis, easy to follow in structure, and clear and consistent in style. Proofread your grammar and check your argument carefully for soundness when you get to the final-draft stage (see links below for guides that can help you in that task). The paper should deal with an assigned text or texts in terms of their specifics – language, structure, themes, areas of critical and theoretical interest, etc. – it should not proceed by way of vague generalities or try to cover so much that developing ideas fully becomes impossible.</b>


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- <b>2. We have read three authors who deal specifically with the realm of modern aesthetics: Immanuel Kant, Pierre Bourdieu and Li Zehou. Choose two of these authors and write a comparison/contrast-style essay in which you explain and assess the respective claims of each author. Which of the two do you think best accounts for aesthetic experience, and why?</b>
+ <b>2. A number of our authors from the modern period have in one way or another addressed the significance of literary/critical theory and/or art/culture in relation to society and politics, and in them we find views ranging in emphasis from understanding and critique to liberation and action. Choose two such authors (the latter for a comparison/contrast-style essay) and explore the claims they make about "the aims of art/theory."</b>

- NOTE: I MAY POST A FEW ADDITIONAL PAPER TOPICS HERE BY NOVEMBER 14TH, BUT LIKE THE TWO ABOVE THEY WILL BE PURELY OPTIONAL -- YOU ARE FREE TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN TOPIC ON ANY ASSIGNED TEXT OR COMBINATION OF TWO ASSIGNED TEXTS. QUESTION 1 IN PARTICULAR IS QUITE CAPABLE OF GENERATING A LARGE VARIETY OF PAPER TOPICS, DEPENDING ON YOUR INTERESTS.
+ <b>3. We have read three authors who deal specifically with the realm of modern aesthetics: Immanuel Kant, Pierre Bourdieu and Li Zehou. Choose two of these authors and write a comparison/contrast-style essay in which you explain and assess the respective claims of each author. Which of the two do you think best accounts for aesthetic experience, and why?</b>NOTE: One good way to develop a paper on a single author especially is to choose a particularly interesting and detailed journal question and use it as the basis for developing your topic and argument. I can certainly help you along these lines if you email me or bring a study question to class and ask me about how it might be expanded into a paper topic.NOTE: I MAY POST A FEW ADDITIONAL PAPER TOPICS HERE BY NOVEMBER 14TH, BUT LIKE THE THREE ABOVE THEY WILL BE PURELY OPTIONAL -- YOU ARE FREE TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN TOPIC ON ANY ASSIGNED TEXT OR COMBINATION OF TWO ASSIGNED TEXTS. QUESTIONS 1 AND 2 IN PARTICULAR IS QUITE CAPABLE OF GENERATING A LARGE VARIETY OF PAPER TOPICS, DEPENDING ON YOUR INTERESTS.


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