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Connections

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Final Paper Proposal

The final paper must connect the two halves of our class: roughly speaking, Milton and Romanticism. Your paper may weight one half or the other more heavily, and we are happy to talk about whether a given idea meets this requirement.

In preparation for writing your final paper, you will meet us to make a "pitch" for your idea. This process will involve an in-person conversation among the three of us as well as a written component.

In our conversation, you should be prepared to offer a practiced version of your idea that takes no longer than five minutes to explain. The rest of our meeting will consist of discussion of your idea and approaches to the research and writing that will transform it into your final paper.

The written component of the presentation will consist of at least ten quotations in total, five coming from at least one primary source and five coming from at least three secondary or theoretical sources. You will provide the text and citation information for each quotation, then write 100-200 words about how you might use the quotation in your paper.

In evaluating this assignment, we will evaluate the effectiveness of the work you have put into the two components of the pitch. We assume that your paper itself is in progress and that our role at this point is to help you build your ideas. We will not be grading the proto-paper itself.

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