English 405: Research Essay (draft 5% and essay 30%) 

Length: 2600-2750 words

Due date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Draft due date: Monday, March 9, 2020

In this essay, you will discuss one of the theories we have studied in relation to one of the texts below. If you wish to write on a different text, it must be something that I am intimately familiar with. However, you are not writing a typical English essay. Instead, you are expected to be familiar with the many perspectives and controversies that surround your theory. You will be expected to summarize the various positions within the theory, and how theorists and critics have responded to it over time. This component will comprise a significant portion of your essay. Once you have established the field of reference, you may demonstrate how it plays out in a text from the list below. The critical analysis is not about the entire text; instead pick a single scene or character and discuss how the competing layers of your theory are played out. Your essay may also include critical research, but it will be expected to be aware of the theoretical perspective of the book or article. 

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre

Findley, Timothy.  Not Wanted on the Voyage

Shakespeare, William.  The Tempest

Eliot, TS.  "The Wasteland" and "The Hollow Men"

Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49

Kafka, Franz.  The Metamorphosis

Stoker, Bram. Dracula

O'Connor, Flannery. Everything that Rises Must Converge

All the texts are readily available from the library, interlibrary loan, online, or from me. You can also purchase your own copy, of course! If you are unfamiliar with the texts, I would be happy to describe the plots, and make suggestions based on your interests. You are not expected to discuss the entire text, just a character, scene, theme, and so forth, that you will interpret from your particular theoretical perspective. 

In addition to submitting a hardcopy of your essay, you will also upload  copy to Turnitin via our Moodle site and submit copies of your references. You may use this site multiple times before you submit your final copy. Your essay will not be graded until your essay has been uploaded. Essays must conform to MLA Style.

The draft need not be the full 2600 words (unless you want it to be!). Instead, I request the following: