You will submit a research proposal that guides your seminar essay and your web project . In four paragraphs,
1. Present a text or set of texts to examine and a research question about these texts or about an idea or concept they raise.
2. Examine the motives for your research and how you will contributes to a scholarly or intellectual conversation about the relationship between literature and the human brain or mind. (See Kerry Walk’s “motivating moves” and Mark Gaipa’s “8 Ways to Engage Sources”–both on our “Documents” page).
3. Consider an angle or method for approaching the subject. (See my suggestions for “angles” or “methods” in the assignment guidelines.)
4. Identify possible sources that you would need to explore the topic.
Note: We’ll treat this process as if you are submitting your project for publication or for grant funding.You will keep revising until you’ve convinced me that you have a viable proposal that outlines a solid and manageable plan for your project. Once you have a solid proposal, writing the essay will be much easier than it would have been without it. You may find that I am somewhat relentless during this process, but I hope it will be helpful for you ultimately.
March 21: Project proposal workshop (in class)
April 4: Send a draft of your project proposal to your writing group.
April 5: Send feedback on your peers’ proposals, using the feedback guidelines I’ll provide.
April 6: Post your project proposal to your blog. I’ll respond with feedback–and probably suggestions for revision. You will revise until I give you the go-ahead to proceed with the project.