Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Building a Good Literature Paper

This just in from Professor Y:
1. Formulate an argument.
2. Outline your sources (both primary and secondary).
3. Provide a succinct and concise summary of the story in question to help your reader follow your argument.
4. Contextualize your argument within existing relevant scholarship.
5. Respond closely to existing scholarship and show how you challenge or build upon it. 
6. Provide close textual analysis to illustrate your points.
7. Cut out peripheral arguments that detract from you main argument and distract your readers.
8. Provide a clear conclusion. (Note: your conclusion doesn't have to be earth-shattering, but should nonetheless add to what has been said in previous scholarship.)


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