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翻譯:黃貞毓(簡介並寄信)
編輯:侯嘉玨(簡介並寄信)

本課程有現成的學生作品

Student work is available for this course.


論文主題
Essay Topics

小論文的目的是要改進寫作和研究技巧,讓學生得以培養評論的興趣,所以,小論文為重要的期末研究論文建立架構。繳交期末論文之前,學生要先把論文的具體主題提交給我。下列準則是每項作業的基本架構和要求。

Essays are designed to improve writing and research skills and allow students to develop critical interests. The essays, then, build toward a substantial research paper at the end of the term. Students will submit specific topics to me before the paper is due. The guidelines below give the basic structure and expectations for each assignment
.

論文一:精確閱讀
Essay 1: Close Reading

(五頁 – 應於第十堂課繳交;於第九堂課提交主題)

(5 pages - due Lecture 10; submit topic by Lecture 9)

從你目前為止讀到的作家著作選一段小說,是修辭豐富、意義深遠,最令你感動的。請分析其文體特性 ── 措詞、句型、語態和語氣的使用,還有其他聽覺效果、意象和比喻語言風格,或是其他散文文體的特殊效果,接下來,詳盡闡述你對這段小說的看法,加以分析,用來支持或豐富你認為作者創作這段小說有什麼目的。你雖然把焦點放在文本的某一剎那,但可以發揮你所知道的作者資料,還有作者在其他地方選擇描述的特定時刻。你的論文要提出一個具體論題,然後用這篇小說段落的細節來支持你的論點。

Choose a passage from one of the authors you have read so far, one that strikes you as particularly rich in terms of language and meaning. Analyze its stylistic peculiarities - diction, sentence patterns, use of voice, tone, and other auditory effects, imagery and figurative language, or any other special effects of prose style. Then develop a reading of the passage in which you use your analysis to support or complicate what you see as the author's aims in writing it. Although you are focusing on a single moment in the text, you may draw on what you know about the author and his or her choices elsewhere. Give your essay a specific thesis and use details from the passage to support your point.

論文二:單一作家研究
Essay 2: Single Author Research

(五頁 – 應於第十七堂課繳交;於第十五堂課提交主題)

(5 pages - due Lecture 17; submit topic by Lecture 15)

你準備期末研究論文時,要進行講義和線上(至少各兩個)資源的課外研究,然後選一個你想研究的作家和主題。你的研究可以是傳記的、歷史的、批判的、文化的、多媒體,或綜合以上方式。論文的主要目標是找出有用的資料來源,並探索可以用哪些不同方式來處理一個主題。

In preparation for your research paper at the end of the semester, choose an author and topic you would like to investigate through outside research in different sources, print and online (at least two of each). Your research may be biographical, historical, critical, cultural, and multimedia, or a combination of the above. A central aim of the essay is to identify useful sources and explore different ways of approaching a topic.

論文三:重要論文
Essay 3: Critical Essay

(十頁 – 應於第二十八堂課繳交;於第二十四堂課提交主題)

(10 pages - due Lecture 28; submit topic by Lecture 24)

本論文讓你利用單一作家的多項作品詳盡闡述該作家的整體處理方式,或比較學期中接觸過的至少兩個作家。你焦點要放在文學議題,作者如何使用文學技巧探討文學、社會問題等專題,儘管如此,你還是可以選擇任一領域並加以研究。你可以在第22堂課和第26堂課和我討論你的研究方向,第24堂課報告時,班上同學也會給你回應。

This essay will allow you to develop a full-scale treatment of a single author, using multiple works, or to compare two or more authors from the term. Although your focus will be on literary issues - how authors use literary techniques to approach a (literary, social, thematic) problem - you may draw on research in any area you choose. Conference times will be available with me on Lecture 22 and Lecture 26 for discussion of your research, and you will receive class feedback as well during the reports in the week of Lecture 24.


學生作品範例
Examples of Student Work

  • William Wells Brown與傑佛遜和海明絲的醜聞。(承蒙Kristin Hrabak提供。經同意轉載。)
    William Wells Brown and the Jefferson and Hemings Scandal. (Courtesy of Kristin Hrabak. Used with permission.)
    (PDF)

  • 《德瑞得》《笨瓜威爾森》中的法律和奴隸身分(承蒙Kristin Hrabak提供。經同意轉載。)
    Law and Slave Identity in Dred and Pudd'nhead Wilson.  (Courtesy of Kristin Hrabak. Used with permission.)
    (PDF)

  • 《湯姆叔叔的小屋》中不見報復。(承蒙Mahni Ghorashi提供。經同意轉載。)
    The Absence of Revenge in Uncle Tom's Cabin. (Courtesy of Mahni Ghorashi. Used with permission.)
    (PDF)

 
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