ENC 1102.1729 Paper #2 Assignment

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Paper 2 Assignment (read all the way through -- new material and helpful tips throughout):
»» (Marxist critique paper): Compose a 4 - 5 page Marxist analysis from your choice of one of the following options (back to Contents)

  • Rationale:
    Basically, in 4-5 pages, analyze any aspect(s) of your chosen selection through Marxist critique. Use terms and concepts from the critical/theoretical material we've read in Austin's chapter when/where/if they apply.
    Remember the Marxist concepts and thinkers you have at your disposal: (As well as any concepts/thinkers from the Reader Response section as well.) Employ critical literary vocabulary (from the Terms site) when/where/if they apply.
    Remember that Marxist critique analyzes both
  • Caveats/cautions:
    -- Again, this is not an exercise to see how many terms you can cram in your paper, nor will you receive extra credit for doing so. Use the literary and/or critical terms and concepts at your disposal only when/if they help you explain your ideas.
    -- By "4-5 pages" I mean 4-5 pages; 3 pages plus two lines on page 4 doesn't count! (Nor does enlarging the font size, nor enlarging the margins.) This is not an invitation to pad you paper with needless material; rather, this is an opportunity for you to fully explain your ideas and illustrate those ideas with examples from the original texts. If you're padding, waffling, or tangenting, I'll know it -- and it'll count against you.
  • STRONGLY ADVISED: reread your final draft of Paper #1 to see what writing elements you need to work on for Paper #2 (e.g. basic proofreading, stronger verbs, clarity, adequate quotation, adequate explanation, limiting paragraphs to one topic, etc.)
  • Thesis note: Be sure that you state clearly and directly your thesis -- i.e. the point of your paper, which is what you consider is/are the ultimate effect(s)/outcome(s) of the elements you analyze in your paper. As such, try not to phrase your thesis as "In this paper I will show that ..." -- your reader already works from the assumption that you're going to show her something. Instead, in your introduction simply present your paper's thesis, indicate what pieces of literature you're going to discuss, whom they're written by; indicate also that you're performing a Marxist analysis; and indicate what concepts from which critical writers (Marx, Lukacs, Althusser, Benjamin, Jameson -- all as cited/quoted by Austin) you use in your paper.
  • Need a little help with your thesis? Before you start writing, have a look at "timesaver #3 (a)," "timesaver #3(b) and "timesaver #4" on the writing tips site -- these items will help you AND save you oodles of time!!!

    Be sure to consult the writing tips site!
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    »» What I'll look for in this paper: (Paper 3 will have additional requirements)


    Writing mechanics:

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    »» DUE DATES AND ACTIVITY DATES: (see regular schedule site as well for corrolary assignments) (back to Contents)
    »» Troubleshooting & therapy: If you have questions about the assignment or your paper that we don't address in class or during conference times, (back to Contents)

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