You will be responsible for three writing assignments in this class, in addition to the midterm and final examinations.
The links to each specific assignment appear on the left. Here are the due dates:
The assignments are expected to be on time, which means in class on the day they are due. Late work will be subject to a penalty,
which will accrue for each day it is late. You must complete all of the assignments to pass the course.
- Exercise #1--January 30
- Exercise #2--February 18
- Exercise #3--April 3
- Exercise #4--April 24
I'm calling these "exercises" rather than papers, because, as you'll see, they are designed to give you practice in using research tools and in specific kinds of
eighteenth-century expression rather than to ask you to perform a reading of a text--although that will inevitably be something that you will
be doing in the course of writing. Still, for all of these exercises, I expect you to meet the usual expectations for written work in an advanced-level English course.
That is, your writing should have a clear, coherent, and significant thesis, one that is supported by evidence you use and cite in the
course of the exercise. (Exercise #2, which asks you to write some verse in an eighteenth-century form, is the only exception here.) In addition, be sure
that all your written work for this class follows the following guidelines:
- Give your exercise a title, one that accurately reflects the work that follows;
- Proofread for grammar, spelling, etc. Check that all proper names of authors, characters, places, etc. are correctly spelled;
- Cite any outside sources--texts, reference books, a website, your roommate--that you consulted in the course of writing;
- Number your pages, either by hand or, preferably, with the auto-pagination function of your word processor (if you don't
know how to do this, you should learn! I'll be glad to provide tutorials in how to do this in Microsoft Word);
- Staple your paper; paperclips are hazardous, since they fall off, and folding the upper left corner to hold the paper together is not acceptable.
All work in this class, these exercises included, is governed by the provisions of the University's Honor Code. If you have any questions about
how the Honor Code applies in the case of any of these assignments, please ask.
I want to stress that I'm readily available for consultation on all of these exercises, as I am for the coursework more generally.
Come by my office during office hours, or make an appointment for some other, mutually-acceptable time.