Your essay proposal must conform to the following conditions:
o It must be on a story and author you have not yet written on (either for your first essay, or your mid-term essay)
o The finishedessay must be approximately 800-1000words inlength, double-spaced, in 12 pt. font, with personal and class information at the top
o The essay should have page numbers and a title that indicates what the essay is actually about
o The essay must be a close–reading of 1-2 of our short stories with additional academic research to support your argument.
o There must be a minimum of 4 academic sources that come from either a scholarly text or an article from an academic journal. At least two of your sources should be fromliterary critics.These sources shouldbe directly quoted in your paper – please do not just paraphrase them. No websites are allowed.
o All quotation formatting should be done according to MLA formatting guidelines
o You are free to develop your own thesis, or to choose one of the suggested approaches below. If you develop your own approach, please check with me before proceeding to the outline, research, and draft stages
o Essay proposals should be 1-2 pages in length with a short paragraph outlining the research question being pursued, some academic resources that have been consulted
o Next, you need to submit a rough essay outline that shows the major sections of the argument with some supporting evidence and quotations (see the sample below).
o You may choose to develop a proposal on one of the short stories that we have not yet covered, but your essay must focus on one of the selected readings for this class
• Suggested approaches:
o Focus on structure of story, analyze character transformation, compare andcontrast two stories, discuss the significance of a writer’s literary style, investigate the importance of symbolism in a story, use historical or social context to discuss a story, or use one of the established literary theories (feminism, structuralism,Marxist interpretation, etc.) to produce anargument about one of our texts