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All the papers will allow you to reflect on the themes outlined in the course description and to engage intensively with authors we cannot hope to "cover" in a few hours of class discussion. I have left the topics open, however, and have structured the papers according to certain writing or critical issues. You may always discuss topics with me if you would like more guidance or are uncertain how to proceed.

研究報告一 (五頁- 第九次上課要繳)
Essay 1 (5 pages- Due Class #9)

這個研究報告是建構在徹底瞭解讀物的內容,並給予分析批註之上。請從指定讀物中選擇一段文章,使用任何研究工具和媒體資料,再加以分析(請注意寫作風格、細節、語言型態、和特殊效果)。然後展開文章導讀,加入你自己的研究,對於這段文章在整個讀物裡的意義、重要性、手法、主題、和寫作效果提出你的論點。 我們在課堂上會示範這種報告方式。

This essay will build on annotation and close reading of the text. Choose a passage from one of the readings to annotate, using whatever research tools and media resources you find helpful, and to analyze stylistically (paying attention to details, patterns of language, and special effects) as well. Then develop a reading of the passage, drawing on your research and presenting an argument for the meaning and significance of the passage in relation to the text and its strategies, themes, or effects (be selective here!). We will model this kind of work in class.

研究報告二 (五頁- 第十九次上課要繳)
Essay 2 (5 pages- Due Class #19)


Although this essay will depend on the techniques developed in the first paper, it will expand in scope to examine a theme or narrative pattern that allows you to examine a range of materials from the text. Focus on a specific topic and use your analysis to narrow your scope even further. Your thesis should take a position and imply that someone might argue against your point.

研究報告三 (十頁- 第三十一次上課要繳)
Essay 3 (10 pages- Due Class #31)

在這篇報告,你要從一系列的選擇中,挑出某一篇文章、某一位作者、某一段時期、某一個批判性的觀點,做你前所未做的深入研討。你可以選擇一位以上的作家(只要是你之前尚未寫過的,比較晚期的作家) ,比較她們的作品。你也可以只選擇一位作家,讀她的其他作品,再與以前課堂上的討論做比較。你也可以做歷史的、傳記的、理論的、或批判性的研究,並用你的研究提出對某一篇(或某幾篇)文章的闡釋與導讀。在第二十五次課時你必須選好你的題目,並且準備當天在會議上討論。

s For this essay, you may select from a range of options that require a deeper engagement with text, author, period, or critical perspective than you have done so far. You may select more than one author from the course (so long as you include one of the later authors and write about no one that you have written about before) and compare their works; you may choose one author, read another of her works, and bring it to bear on the text discussed in class; you may do historical, biographical, theoretical, or critical research to provide a context and reading for your chosen text or texts. You should choose your option or approach by class #25 and be ready to discuss it in conference that day.

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