Brainstorm a topic for the final research paper. Make sure to review the guidelines for the final research paper as well as the “Topic Development” Online Learning Resource from this week.
First, base your choice of texts on the following option:
A topic focusing on multiple texts (but no more than 2) by different authors. At least one of these texts must come from class-assigned literature.
Topic Development
First, it’s important to remember that your research paper should be an argumentative essay that makes a specific claim about the literature on which you’re writing. To help prove your claim, you should apply a specific literary theory to your chosen text(s).
Note: Keep in mind that this isn’t an informative research paper, it’s an argumentative one, meaning that you will be presenting persuasive evidence to your reader in order to support a stance you’ve taken on your chosen topic.
One way to break down this task is to pick your texts/topic and consider something that interests you about that topic. Developing a question you can research and argue will give you a place to go as you develop your thesis. From there, you will find what literary theory works best to help you reach some conclusions about your question, which should lead you to your thesis. Below are two examples of a topic, a research question, a literary theory, and a thesis that developed out of them:
Using the method outlined in the “Topic Development” document in this week’s Online Learning Resources, show what you plan to write about. Make sure to include:
Topic and Literary Theory (the author[s] and works you plan on writing about, and the theory you plan to apply to the literature you’ve chosen)
Research Question (the basic question that interests you about this topic, or the question your thesis intends to answer or address)
Working Thesis Statement (the one-sentence, declarative statement that announces the purpose of your eventual research paper)
This does not have to be a page in length.