Each paper must be at least four full pages (this means the Works Cited page wil

Each paper must be at least four full pages (this means the Works Cited page will be on page 5 or higher)
The papers themselves must adhere to all rules for MLA format
Margins are 1” all around
The header contains the student’s last name and page #
The first page starts with Student’s full name, Professor’s name, Course # with CRN, Date on the regular left-hand margin
The title of the paper is centered on line #5 (and it should be specific to the content)
Paragraphs are first-line indented ½”
Works Cited entries use the hanging indent
All titles are capitalized and have either quotation marks or italics depending on what they are
Quotations over 4 lines are in “block format”
The entire document is double spaced with NO ADDITIONAL SPACING, even the kind that Word tries to add automatically!
All research will be cited using MLA Documentation
Works Cited page is the final page of the document and the heading is centered above the list
The Works Cited lists contain ALL sources cited in the paper and none that are not
Works Cited lists are in ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Every idea or detail from any source will be properly cited internally through parenthetical citations that correspond with a work on the Works Cited page
The papers will be based on no more than two key figures or works of literature or art
The chosen work(s) must be from our course’s assigned readings
Additional research beyond the primary source is required
On all of the papers, any research conducted should be academic in nature
Secondary/Tertiary source requirements:
At least three substantive, reputable secondary sources
Tertiary/reference sources as/if needed
Types of sources:
Primary The actual work of literature or art
Secondary Essays, books, or even films that offer professional analysis of the work of literature
Tertiary Biographical or historical research; factual research from reference sources like dictionaries or encyclopedias
Ideas for Developing the Research Papers
Typically, analyses of literary works will be based on one or both of the following:
Formal literary aspects
Fiction & Drama aspects include Plot, Character, Setting, Point of View, and Theme
Poetry aspects include Speaker, Audience, Form/Freedom from Form, Rhyme/Lack of Rhyme, Rhythm/Lack of Regular Rhythm, Diction, Theme, and Figurative Language
Critical lenses
Formalism/Biographical/Historical
Psychological/Mythological
Sociological/Cultural o Gender/Sexuality
Reader-Response
Deconstruction
The main thing to remember is that you do NOT want to just talk about what happens. Assume your reader is familiar with the work of literature. Make a point and then quote often from the literature itself, adding secondary/tertiary research where needed/possible.

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