Rail yard background, from the Library of Congress

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Final Paper

This essay should be at least 5000 words long. You should consider it as belonging to the same genre and using the same conventions as the articles that you read during the semester. You can conceptualize this essay as a longer version of the shorter paper, except that you will be intervening in a fuller version of the critical conversation that you have uncovered in your research. In other words, the aim of this essay is still to challenge and transform existing interpretations of the texts you analyze, but those existing interpretations will be gathered from recent published literary criticism. You should think of your audience, then, no longer as your classmates but rather as the critics who are interested in the same issues that you are.

As noted in the description of the final paper proposals, this paper must connect the two halves of the course. It should explicitly join a critical conversation that addresses the texts and concepts you take up. That intervention will likely require quoting and citing at least 5-10 pieces of criticism or theory in addition to your primary texts.

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