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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 final paper. We 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 2000-2400 word paper (roughly 7 pages), develop a thesis that engages a keystone text--a foundational, widely cited piece published before 1995--and at least one critical work that engages the keystone.

Nuts and bolts:
  • Submit the paper electronically by email to both professors. Use Microsoft Word or check with us about alternative file formats.
  • Write in formal style using MLA or Chicago documentation. We assume you have experience with this process; if not, you can use this section of Connections as a starting point, and please ask us for further assistance. We will be happy to help.
  • Provide basic information at the beginning of your paper: the course title, your name, our names, and the title of your paper.
  • Double-space your paper.

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