Rail yard background, from the Library of Congress

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Shorter Paper

Your shorter paper will allow you to work through a microcosmic version of the research and writing process that will be involved in your seminar paper. I will give you a way of researching an English paper that involves finding keystone critical or theoretical texts and then building genealogies of criticism that respond to those keystones. For this 1500-2100 word paper (roughly 5-7 pages), develop a thesis that engages a keystone text--a foundational, widely cited piece published before 1990--and at least one critical work that engages the keystone. Write and document your paper in formal style (use MLA or Chicago documentation), and consider your audience as continuous with that of your blog posts: informed readers of our primary texts who can still benefit from your well-developed critical thoughts.

For general guidance about what I look for in papers, see the following links. They contain a lot of information; I assume that each of you will find some parts more relevant and useful than others.

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