E NGL 340 (2012-2013

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D EPARTMENT OF E NGLISH
F ACULTY OF A RTS U NIVERSITY OF C ALGARY

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Dr Michael Ullyot Social Sciences 1106 (403) 220 4656 ullyot@ucalgary.ca @ullyot ullyot.ucalgaryblogs.ca By appointment (phone or e-mail)

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This paper is due (in class) at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 15th, 2013.1 The Research Project is a 2500-word paper that makes an argument about any one of the major authors we have studied in 340: the Beowulf-poet, Chaucer, Marlowe, Milton, Swift, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, or Woolf. It will require you to find, read, and cite (using MLA format) at least three scholarly journal articles or monographs that have influenced your argument. First, choose one of these topics: [I’ve prefaced each with quotations from Shelley’s “Defence of Poetry” in volume D of the Norton; but you need only to focus on the questions
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Past and present. “[A]ll the great historians ... were poets” (861). How does the author treat the recent and/or distant past in his or her writing? How does s/he imagine and interpret the past’s relationship to the present? Present and future. “The future is contained within the present as the plant within the seed” (857). How does the author view the future, beyond the moment of his or her actual composition or narrative description? What are the future consequences of present actions? Nature. “Poetry turns all things to loveliness; it exalts the beauty of that which is most beautiful, and it adds beauty to that which is most deformed. ... [I]t compels us to feel that which we perceive, and to imagine that which we know” (866). How does the author imagine the relationship between human beings and the natural world? Empathy. “The great secret of morals is ... a going out of our own nature, and an identification of ourselves with the beautiful which exists in thought, action, or person, not our own” (862). How do characters or speakers empathize with ideas, actions, and people outside of themselves? How do these perceptions of external things improve their self-understanding? Diction. “The distinction between poets and prose writers is a vulgar error” (860). How do the author’s word choices, in prose or verse, represent a departure from conventional meanings or expectations? Use the Oxford English Dictionary to analyze these choices.

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Submission guidelines and late penalties are on page 7 of the course outline. ENGL 340 Research Project | Page 1 of 2

and concise. its logical verdict. Remember that effective critical writing is clear.” and then on “Effective Critical Writing” <ullyot. • You still need an introduction that establishes what your subject is. including a provisional thesis statement/verdict. choose one of these authors (put an X in one of these boxes): Past & present Beowulf Chaucer Marlowe Milton Swift Wordsworth Shelley Keats Tennyson Woolf Present & future Nature Empathy Diction At least five days before (by April 10th). Your job is to write like a judge presiding over valid but conflicting arguments—not a lawyer arguing an air-tight case.ucalgaryblogs. • Offer a really good argument against your argument. and your argument still needs to have a beginning. better evidence shows that this position needs to be changed or even refuted. You could use phrases like. any time before April 8th. You still need to write in paragraphs. work toward your thesis as the culmination of your essay. what your issue or question is. and why this issue or question needs resolving. precise. and that argument Y is more true to your text.” Or you could show how argument X is based on narrow evidence. click on “Teaching Materials. and how will you use the textual evidence to make the convincing argument and counterargument? I will weigh this outline when I determine your final mark —but it is not a contract: you can change your mind and your approach after you submit it. Feel free to make an appointment to talk with me about your paper. but that you’ve arrived at it after careful consideration of the alternative(s). Then explain how other.ca>. but excluding Works Cited) on your title page. “At first glance.Second. • But the goal is to show that you’ve not pre-determined your argument/thesis.ca/teaching/ecw/>. middle. go to my blog <ullyot. e-mail me a one-page. For writing advice and presentation guidelines. Include a word-count (including quotations. as its final sentence. Instead of starting with a thesis and supporting it with paragraphs of evidence. and then to present evidence showing why it seems right—even over a few paragraphs. ENGL 340 Research Project | Page 2 of 2 . point-form outline of your argument. leading you to conclude with your thesis/verdict. it would seem that X. Y is more convincing. Do not exceed 2500 words. Finally: we’re going to turn the usual essay-writing formula (introduction/thesis  body  conclusion) on its head. What are you arguing. and end. But on closer examination.ucalgaryblogs. Why might other readers hold this conflicting view? Why should they change their minds to agree with you? • One technique might be to start your essay with a seemingly plausible answer to the question.

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