In this assignment, we ask you to engage in literary analysis. There are other types of writing that are just as legitimate (such as a reflective essay, for example) but for this assignment we would like you to compare and analyze two or three texts around a specific question. Your paper should be 5-7 pages long (times new roman, 12 pt., double spaced, 1inch margins.)
encourage you to write about a question you develop on your own or one
that has come up during discussion and that you would like to pursue further.
You can also work with an idea that one of your peers brought up on toolkit
but make sure to define it clearly. For those of you who are still unsure
whether your question "works," we offer two examples of questions
we think are "doable" in the context of our class; meaning (a)
they are specific and focused, (b) they do not have a "right"
answer, and (c) they can be argued with the help of the evidence available
in our literary texts. Only if you have already been thinking about those
topics or you have difficulties devising your own topic, may you use these
as your paper questions. We MUCH MUCH prefer that you use your own, and
the professor-generated ones are to use only if you are totally and completely
During our discussion, we touched on many other possible topics such as a comparison of the female figures in The Neverending Story. Because of the rather large scope this question, it would be o.k. to compare and analyse within one work.
Finally, if you are interested in consulting some basic guidelines for writing analytical papers please click here.