Theatre History (DRAM 2361) / Research Paper Assignment
A. The subject of your Research Paper must have a clear and substantial connection to an era, play, or theatre artist of the course’s timeline (prehistory to the Renaissance). The paper’s topic should be appropriately narrow.
EXAMPLE: “William Shakespeare” WAY TOO WIDE
“Shakespeare’s Tragedies” STILL TOO WIDE
“The Role of the Supernatural in Shakespeare’s
Tragedies and It’s Symbolism” APPROPRIATELY NARROW
B. This paper must make an argument of some kind. This paper must NOT simply be a reporting of facts, but rather must make some ORIGINAL CONNECTION between different aspects or elements or eras of history. The subject is fairly limited, but the approach and argument is wide open.
A. The Research Paper must be at least 2000 words long (approximately five pages) NOT INCLUDING the Cover Page nor the Works Cited page.
B. I will accept papers up to 4000 words long (approximately ten pages).
III. Citation and Sources
1. Introductory paragraph: The first paragraph of your paper, detailing the various sections of the paper and the arguments and angles you’ll use to prove your thesis. Your thesis statement (a single sentence that sums up the argument of your paper) should appear in this paragraph in bold type.
2. Summary of each subsequent section: The paper will be carefully
structured, with each section representing a thoughtful approach to managing arguments and evidence and proving your thesis statement. For each section, you’ll summarize the basic argument in a single sentence, and then list the
sources (in MLA Works Cited page format) that you’re going to use to prove that statement.
EXAMPLE: If your thesis statement argued that Uncle Tom’s Cabin
was marketed specifically at northern middle class Christians, your section summaries would look something like this:
Section One Summary Sentence: The overt religious content in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, including Tom and Eva’s appearance in heaven at the end of the play, clearly aligned Christianity and abolitionism.
Section One Sources: (list sources here)
V. Individual Feedback Meeting
After you have turned in your Research Paper Outline, you have one week to make an appointment with me to talk about the outline and your plan for the paper. I will give you feedback during that appointment, after which you will have at least two weeks to write the final paper.
VI. Final Paper
1. Insightful, clear, concise use of written English and correct use of MLA citation and formatting (30 points)
2. Research expressing depth and breadth of sources that are relevant and specifically applicable to the goals of the paper. (20 points)
3. Combination of historical research, analysis of artistic expression (specific play, design, genre, playwright, theatre, etc.), and focused thesis statement to create a paper that makes and supports an original argument. (50 points)
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