Prepare for a research project that derives from our class discussions and the theoretical topics we touched upon. Think of the schools of theory that we covered and use them as the base of your research project. The focus, being theory, can take any of the following manifestations:

Prepare for a research project that derives from our class discussions

Prepare for a research project that derives from our class discussions and the theoretical topics we touched upon. Think of the schools of theory that we covered and use them as the base of your research project. The focus, being theory, can take any of the following manifestations:

• Application of theory to text (art, music, novel, movie, etc): Analyze a work of art from the perspective of a theoretical concept or argument we presented in class (i.e. Analyze the relationship between base and superstructure, from a Marxist perspective, on a novel)

• Analysis of theoretical argument: Debate a certain theory and argue for its validity, its points of strength and weaknesses. (i.e. Discuss Butler’s performativity and present its strengths or weaknesses)

• Comparative theoretical study:

Examine a certain theoretical concept, tracing it with different theorists and critics from our course, seeing how it came into being, or comparing it to similar trends. (i.e. look into imitation as presented in Plato, tracing it through Deleuze and Guattari)

This is a research paper, so unlike the R&Rs you gave been preparing, this is not a matter of opinion, but that of research. You need to use at least 5 secondary sources for your paper. If you are applying Zizek to Frankenstein, then Zizek and Frankenstein are your primary texts.

If you are debating Bhabha’s hybridity, then Bhabha is your primary text.
Your secondary sources are articles and/or books that assist you in your research focus, that validate your argument, that support your discussion, and that gives strength to your research.

This Assignment is made of 3 parts:

• Research Paper Proposal: 10% due
o submit a 1-page proposal that includes your thesis statement, how you will argue for it using at least 3 supporting ideas, and the list of secondary sources you will be using. This can either be in essay form or as an outline.
• Research Paper Presentation: 10%
o In 3-5 minutes, present the draft to class. This will help you ensure the paper is clear and thoughtful. Each presentation is followed by a 1-2 minutes Q&A.
You may present on the 18th if you are ready.
• Research Paper: 20%
o After approval of your proposal, submit an 8-page paper (2400-3200 words) focused on theory, as explained above.

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