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Assignment 1

Analytical Essay

For Essay 1, you are asked to select one work or one author from the NAEL that we are studying this semester and use that as the basis for your comparison and/or contrast to a reworking of the text by another writer or filmmaker in a different historical period. You may wish to consider an adaptation or a more contemporary version of the literary text you select from the NAEL

You will be asked to clear your choice of texts with me before pursuing your topic. You can send me your selection by Moodle Message or share them with me after class.

Format: Please provide an MLA formatted essay and Works Cited.

Length: Your completed Essay 1 should be approximately 5 pages or 1, 250 words, 12pt font such as Palatino, Times New Roman, Arial, or Helvetica.

Weight: 15% of your final grade.

Support: Please submit a draft of your Essay 1 to the OWC or seek out the support of an Instructional Specialist in the Writing Lab before revising your work for submission. I am in the Writing Center on Mondays from 4-6pm and Wednesdays from 11-noon.

Due Date: Oct. 8, 11:55pm in Moodle Turnitin; please submit a Word document.


Assignment 2

Major Author/Text Research Paper

Please post your topic and a few sentences about it, indicate which major author (or text) you have selected, the dates when the writer lived, and a few titles about the writer's most well-known works, as well as the page numbers devoted to the author/text in The Norton Anthology of English Literature

Create a topic of your own choosing, selecting a literary figure or text (in cases where authorship is unknown) included in The Norton Anthology of English Literature (volume 1). For our purposes, a literary figure is a writer whose major works are literary, dramatic, and/or poetic and who has received enough scholarly attention for her writing to enable you to write a Research Paper of 7-8 pages. Once you select the literary figure you would like to focus on in your research, do some preliminary web and library research to ensure that you can find enough materials to treat your literary figure as extensively as necessary for a 7-8 page Research Paper. You may treat any works the author has published in your Research Paper, including ones not anthologized in our course text. Your Research Paper should provide some sense of the writer's biography, as well as a detailed analysis of the literary figure's contribution to literary history. Please do not simply write a review of the literary figure's work(s) or recount the writer's biography; rather, make an argument about the literary figure you select, creating a Research Paper that advances, illustrates, and documents your argument by considering the writer's work and the scholarly attention it has received by literary critics and theorists.
  • You are encouraged to develop your presentation material, if you wish to do so.
  • You are welcome to do research on the same literary figure as others in the class.
Research Paper Assignment Details
The research paper assignment asks students to pick a major author from our course text (The Norton Anthology of English Literature) to research and discuss in 7-8 pages (MLA Style). You will need to address biographical, historical, and literary aspects to contextualize the writer in terms of his or her culture, history, and politic milieu. In addition, you will need to analyze the writer's place in the canon, literary style, and the applicable criticism (feminists, psychoanalytical, gender and sexuality, New Historicism, and so forth). You will reduce your argument to an abstract of no more than 250 words to share with the class, so we will all learn more about the literary figure you studied. We will have a peer-review, so you will need to post a completed draft of your Research Paper to Moodle. We will have a class presentation, when we share abstracts and discuss research at the end of the course. (See the Schedule for due dates).

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1. Identifiy sources in order to access information.

2. Use information responsibly.

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