Due: Friday, May 27 (By email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Length: 3,000 words (approx.)
assignment of the course, the Research Paper should tackle a significant question
(1) that you have read relevant primary literary texts very
(2) that you know how to advance a compelling argument and support it
(3) that you know how to position that argument in relation to
the ideas of other critics.
(4) that you know how to analyze literary texts
in a way that is responsive to cultural and historical context.
(5) your research
paper is also expected to be free from basic problems of grammar and spelling.
You may choose to write on any topic that relates to our course material this semester. If you don't already have something in mind, below are some (very) broad areas of inquiry to help you start thinking. Also, don't forget the bibliography and links to primary-historical research tools that I posted in the first weeks of the semester. You may find that useful, as well.
The role of print (focusing on any author or two authors or any social or political context)
The relationship between praise and critique
Effects of, and experiments with, genre
An author (or two authors) vis-a-vis a particular political event
Versions of political community
Versions of religious community
Doubt and belief
The nature of religious experience
Women's writing (in terms of rhetoric, print, publicity/privacy, etc)
Poetry and female community
Poetry and the court (James's or Charles's)
Milton in literary-historical context
Milton and Marvell
Donne and Herbert
Materiality, Ecology, Selfhood, Community (a cluster of ideas that can be dealt with in many ways)
Community and the Country House poem (Jonson and Marvell)