Your research paper should be an argumentative essay that makes a specific claim

Your research paper should be an argumentative essay that makes a specific claim about two or more of the course readings. The claim should incorporate some specific school of literary theory discussed in class. Support this claim and argument in a well-developed, well-written, and well-organized essay of at least 1500-1800 words of text (not counting the works cited page) and must also successfully use at least 3 critical secondary sources accessed through the relevant GMC Library databases.
The bulleted list below provides general options for paper topics. The entirety of the class reading assignments can be found in the Course Syllabus, under “Course Schedule.” The list below provides general options for paper topics:
A paper focusing on multiple texts (no more than 3) by the same author
A paper focusing on multiple texts (but no more than 2) by different authors
Tips and Reminders
Re-read the text(s) on which you want to base your paper.
Once you have decided on a topic (which will be begun in Week 5), begin doing preliminary research (you will need to do a lot of research for this assignment anyway). Read what other literary critics have said. This will help you to further narrow down your topic, and even to find some of the sources you will end up using in the paper. Remember that you are a literary critic too—this means you should feel free to question and disagree with the interpretations you read.
Make sure your thesis is an arguable one, something with which readers might actually agree or disagree. Don’t be afraid to take a leap and put forward a new, creative, and/or unique interpretation, provided you can support that claim with reasonable textual evidence and research. For more information, make sure to review the online learning resources assigned throughout the term.
Your paper must incorporate information from outside sources found through the GMC library. Remember that you have three methods for incorporating outside information into any paper: you can quote (use the source’s exact words), paraphrase (put the source’s words into your own words), or summarize (boil down information from a source to a 1-2 sentence summary in your own words). Also remember that each of these needs methods to be cited using correct MLA formatting.
Avoid unnecessary plot summary and/or biographical information. Assume that your reader has already read the work you are discussing– readers don’t need your help understanding what happens in a story; they need your help understanding why these things happened and what they might mean.
Remember that sources like Wikipedia, Sparknotes, and other open-web sources are not appropriate for this paper. Conduct your research through the library like a real researcher, rather than relying on Google.
MLA formatting for style, in-text citations, and works cited entries is a significant part of this paper. Review grade feedback on past response papers for help with this!
my two stories are “a peer of her jurys” and “a rose for Emily”. Two female protagonist

Leave a Comment