Philip Holden (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chitra Sankaran (email: email@example.com)
Suggested Length: 1,000 Words
Due Friday, Week 4 (February 2nd) at 5 p.m. We would strongly prefer you to upload a copy of your paper to your tutor's IVLE work bin. If your tutor requests it, you can also hand in a hard copy.
Imagine that you are part of the editorial board producing a (very) short anthology of Singapore Literature. Write a position paper arguing for any one of the following to be included:
This assignment attempts to model, on a small scale, some of the skills you will need to apply for the more important research essay (Assignment 2). You'll need to read a text independently, and analyse it. You'll find that there are few secondary sources to support your analysis, and thus you'll need to rely on your own critical judgment, just as you will for your analyses in longer. We will also stress correct presentation of the paper in marking; this is very important when you are producing research essays at this level.
When you have your thesis, you'll need to demonstrate it through in-depth, focused analysis of the text itself.
While there is nothing to stop you searching for secondary material, this isn't a research exercise. We are more interested in your ability to engage with the text
1. Ability to apply critically ideas raised in our seminars.
2. Ability to analyse elements of the chosen text carefully and draw conclusions from them.
3. A strong thesis, and a clear argumentative structure.
4. Engagement with the issues raised by relevant secondary readings, either explicitly or implicitly.
5. Smooth and integrated use of well-chosen quotation.
6. Use of proper scholastic conventions: double spaced, title, MLA style with parenthetical citations, presence of a "Works Cited" list even if it only lists the literary work itself. For a detailed account of MLA style see:
7. Conciseness. Marks may be deducted from essays that are seriously over-length.
Last updated: 14 October, 2007