What do the authority’s treatment of others suggest about their understanding of power and its proper uses?
What do the authority’s treatment of others suggest about their understanding of power and its proper uses?
QUOTATIONS AND DOCUMENTATION IN LITERATURE PAPERS
I. Identifying Sources The source of every quotation used in your paper must be identified so your reader could find that quotation easily, but formal footnotes are not required. As long as your paper discusses only works of literature from the textbooks or handouts used by the whole class, there is no need to give complete citations for documentation. It is still necessary, however, to indicate the source and page numbers for each quotation you use in your paper. Use the following convenient method in your papers.
A. If you quote from one work of literature, use the following method:
1. Give the source in parentheses after the first quotation. Obviously, if you mention the author’s name or title in your discussion, it is not necessary to repeat it in the parenthetical reference. Example: Melville sums up the situation on the slave ship in an emblem on the San Dominick, a carving of “a dark satyr in a mask” (Benito Cereno, in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, vol. I, 2158)
1. After each subsequent quotation, give only the page number in parentheses. Example (later quotation from Benito Cereno): Delano’s suspicions surface when, for example, as he watches Babo shave Cereno “in the black he saw a headman, and in the white a man at the block” (2184).
B. If you quote from more than one work of literature in a paper, give the source in parentheses after the first quotation from each work (as in A.1. above). Thereafter, give a shortened form of the title, or an abbreviation of the title, and the page number, in parentheses. Examples from Scarlet Letter and Daisy Miller: Hawthorne informs us that Pearl “became the richest heiress of her day, in the New World” (SL 259). Someone has remarked that she grew up to be the heroine of a novel by Henry James, someone like, say, Daisy Miller; Winterbourne’s observation that Daisy’s “glance was perfectly direct and unshrinking but not . . . an immodest glance” could have been written about Pearl (DM 7). C. If your primary source is a literary work published separately, rather than a required course anthology, be sure to indicate, after the first quotation, what edition you are using. Example: Hester fears “that poor little Pearl was a demon offspring,” as the neighbors had whispered (The Scarlet Letter and Other Tales of the Puritans, Riverside Edition, 97). NOTE: Page references do not have to come immediately after every quoted phrase, or after every sentence in a paragraph with several short quotations from the same place. It may be less awkward to save the page reference until the end of your sentence, or sometimes the end of a paragraph, as long as it is clear where each quotation comes from. If you are quoting from a short poem, give line numbers rather than page numbers in parentheses (e.g., l. 15). Use of secondary sources (online sources, electronic sources, reference books, critical books and articles, etc.) are required in this paper. Doing your own analysis of the literature is most important in this assignment. However, if you have obtained any idea or information from another source besides your own head and the primary work(s) of literature, you must indicate the source of that fact, idea, or quotation, whether or not you are quoting the source directly. It is your responsibility to know how to document secondary sources accurately, using an accepted documentation system for academic papers (preferably the MLA documentation style), and avoid plagiarism.
II. Guidelines for Using Quotations A. Use Quotations Sparingly. When you quote, keep each quotation short and select only phrases or sentences that support your analysis through their especially distinctive wording. There is no reason to quote the full text of an incident or a long speech when you can paraphrase it or just mention it. Too many quotations can make reading awkward and confusing; they will distract the readers, rather than impressing them. B. Quote Accurately. If you are quoting indirectly (i.e., the author’s exact words are not used), quotation marks are not necessary, but you must be sure to convey the author’s ideas accurately, without distortion. If you use a phrase, sentence, or more in the author’s own words, copy the quotation accurately, word for word, with punctuation and quotations marks placed properly. Consult a handbook, if necessary, for conventions involving placement of punctuation in relation to quotation marks, use of ellipsis dots (. . .) to indicate words omitted in direct quotations, and use of square brackets [ ] to insert something in your own words into a direct quotation. Quotations more than several lines long (which should be used rarely in short papers) must be indented and single-spaced, with no quotation marks. C. Introduce Quotations Smoothly. In short papers, try to keep each direct quotation to a phrase you can include in a sentence of your own. A quotation of any length must be introduced smoothly; don’t just plunk it down in the middle of your discussion. You usually need to introduce it with a transitional phrase guiding the reader from your thoughts to those of your source. Repeat the title or author’s name only when necessary to make the introduction clear and smooth. Example: As Melville indicates in “Bartleby the Scrivener,” “Nothing so aggravates an earnest person as a passive resistance” (358). III. Quoting from Poetry and Plays A. Quoting Verse: When quoting poetry in the context of your own sentences, use a slash mark to indicate the end of a line and retain the capital letters found at the beginnings of lines in the original. When you indent long quotations of more than three lines, slash marks are not necessary. Example: Hamlet muses, “To die: to sleep;/No more: and by a sleep to say we end/The heartache” (III. i, ll. 60-62). B. Identifying Lines from Poetry and Plays: 1. If your paper quotes only one or two relatively short poems, give the source and page numbers of each poem in parentheses after the first quotation, but identify later quotations by giving line numbers. (l = line; ll = lines) Example: In “Tintern Abbey” Wordsworth describes his “serene and blessed mood” (l. 41). 2. When quoting from plays, it is customary to identify act, scene, and line numbers when the play has them, or just use page numbers and line numbers if you are quoting from a play or long poem in a course anthology. Examples: (Act IV. ii, ll. 17-18) OR (p. 1028, ll. 17-18)
Your analysis then continues, double-spaced, below the indented, single-spaced quotation. Note that for indented block quotations, final punctuation precedes the parenthetical reference; for quotations within the body of your text, final punctuation of quotation follows the parenthetical reference.
Reminders Be sure to consult the ESSAY EVALUATION CHECKLIST (which I will use in grading your papers) both BEFORE AND AFTER writing your first draft. Proofread carefully, and be sure that you do not make the errors included on the checklist!
Don’t forget to give your paper a title which identifies the authors or work(s) discussed and gives your reader some idea of what you are arguing (your thesis). The paper title should not be underlined or italicized, but the title of most primary texts should be. (Exception: the titles of individual lyric poems are enclosed in “quotation marks,” not italicized or underlined.)
Avoid using the first or second person (I, we, you). The implication of first-person references is that your paper is just a statement of personal opinion, and thus no more valid than opposing opinions; why should the reader care what you think? Instead, aim for a tone of objective neutrality, which is rhetorically more effective than a statement of opinion (“I believe”; “I think”) in convincing the reader of the objective validity of your argument.
Use the present tense in writing about literature. The past tense is appropriate for discussion of historical context or to refer to events that occur before those recounted in the text, but keep discussion of what occurs in the text in the present tense.
As necessary, modify citations so that the quoted passages fit smoothly into the syntax of your sentences. Be sure to indicate any changes in the citation using [square brackets], not (parentheses), since parentheses could be part of the material you are quoting. Indicate any omitted words or lines with ellipses [. . .].
Remember: this essay is NOT primarily a research assignment. Limit citing secondary sources. As appropriate, you may bring in information from virtual discussions, the Longman Anthology introductions and the study guides. To avoid plagiarism, be sure to state this information in your own words–do not cite the guides or introduction directly.
On italics vs. underlining: either is acceptable, but pick one and use it consistently — don’t use both in the same essay.
If your essay does not meet the minimum standards of MLA style (Proper running page header, proper heading, double spacing, Black Times New Roman 12 point font).
See attached MLA Style Guidelines document above.
Avoid these major errors in MLA style with the following scoring deductions:
No running page header: 5-point deduction No heading: 10-point deduction No title: 10-point deduction Incorrect font style: 20-point deduction Incorrect spacing: 40-point deduction
World Literature Studies Essay Guidelines
Consider topics for your essay from the following list of questions. You do NOT have to answer all of the question listed under a given topic when you write your paper. These topics are designed to help you come up with a POINT to explore and support. Think about them as you decide what to focus on and what interpretation you will argue in your paper. Remember: these are ONLY topics; unless you have something to PROVE about the topic, your paper will have no thesis. Be sure to consult any resources you may have, including Basic Steps in Writing a Literature Paper as you work on this paper.
1. Would you consider Candide a hero? Why or why not? How would you define Candide as a hero using Joseph Campbell’s definition and examples? Explain.
2. What makes Candide the central character in the play? What process must he undergo? What virtues does he possess that make success likely or not?
3. What do the authority’s treatment of others suggest about their understanding of power and its proper uses?
4. Candide has important female characters who are tremendously influential in the development of the plots. What role do women play within the role of this works, and in which ways is this significant? In what respect do women hold important positions? What is the manner in which they are accorded respect or not?
* You also have the option to make comparisons of characters or elements, such as setting in different stories. Remember, unlike an exam, these questions are meant to provide inspiration for your essay. Ultimately, your goal is to discover a topic you wish to explore and then follow that idea to completion. If your topic strays from the initial provided topic, you may still be on track. That is why it is very important to make every attempt to submit your essay early so you can submit a rewrite at the end of the semester if you choose.