You must discuss at least three different writers and at least two different movements (e.g. Romanticism and Modernism).
In your essay, you will analyze works of literature that you have become interested in enough to spend several days with it, reading and thinking deeply, and transforming that reading and thinking into a form of written communication with a reader–in this case a teacher and fellow students.
In a sense, this is a comparison/contrast paper. However, the purpose is not merely to show that you can compare and contrast, but that you understand some of the basic ideas of literary history and how disparate works embody their zeitgeist (spirit of the age.) Ultimately, your paper is an argument. You will argue that each separate literary work belongs to its period and does not belong in another period, even though there are obvious comparisons.
(An obvious, but more difficult counterpoint would be to argue that a literary work does not belong in its assigned category.)
Parts of the course have been devoted to a discussion of the transition from the European Enlightenment to Romanticism, or from Romanticism and Symbolism to Modernism. Irrespective of their nationality, period or movement, all of our writers themselves make an argument. Sometimes they contradict one another; other times they agree; but at all times they express concerns that are distinct from those of other writers. Starting with one writer,
1)summarize his or her argument. (That is, what are these people saying?) Use transitional statements such as “Unlike Baudelaire” or “Like Nietzsche, Eliot thought that …”
and 2)make sure that I know that YOU know why one writer is a Romantic and another a Modernist, or whether he or she deserves a special category. For example, our Chinese and Japanese writers do not fit into any European framework. However, they must have something in common with the European writers; what is that similarity and what are the differences?
Make sure that you quote from every author, using MLA format. You may also employ (via quotation or paraphrase) the book’s sections on the different movements/periods, but you must credit them when you do.
SOME POINTS TO REMEMBER
1)Don’t tell me anything about authors themselves. Their biographies are public record, so I can look it up myself. What I cannot look up is what YOU think–how your brain works. This is what interests me and any other reader.
2)Make sure also that this is your OWN WORK. The paper that emanates from the assignment is is not group work. This does NOT mean that you cannot discuss your work with others. In fact, I encourage you to ask others to read and critique your work. However, I will be on high alert to excessive similarity in diction, syntax, organization, etc. I also employ the plagiarism database turnitin.com.
Use 4 authors which are: Rene Descartes and Immanuel Kant (both are from enlightment period), Matsuo Basho (he is japanese) and William Blake (romanticism period)
The two periods to compare are: romanticism and enlightment. If you can add a thrid also put modernism.