ASSIGNMENT: 5-10 page question-driven research paper (typed using 12 point Tim

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ASSIGNMENT: 5-10 page question-driven research paper (typed using 12 point Times New Roman font, 1” margins, indented paragraphs, no spaces between paragraphs, and MLA in-citations); Works Cited Page (MLA formatted).
Your paper must incorporate at least four secondary sources (only available through the Hunter College Library Database site) from peer reviewed journals. Two sources must be literary criticism on Shakespeare himself, one source must be on your topic (but not on Shakespeare), and the remaining source can be on either. In addition to your four peer reviewed sources, you may use up to four other sources of your choice, remembering what we learned on evaluating sources.
Your final paper must be a question-driven research paper on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. However, you may choose the topic. You may choose from the list of topics from our group brainstorming session:
Class Mobility
The concept of ‘Topsy Turvy’ as employed by Shakespeare
Gender
Sexuality
Boundaries (and the lack of)
Misunderstandings as a plot device
Unrequited love/Inappropriate love
Superiority complexes
Knowing your worth/place
What people will do for love (passion/obsession)
Deception
Alcoholism
Revelry vs Modesty
Identity
You may also choose a topic other than these – you should be choosing something you are interested in. That will make a more interesting paper and will be easier for you to write.
Your research paper must investigate a research question, show why it is important, and provide the information to make the reader well-informed on the topic. You do not have to answer your research question. It is okay if your thesis is ‘this is a question worth looking into further and here is all I have found about it through both my own investigations into the text and presentation of others.’
That said, your question must narrow significantly from the broader topic as we learned in class so that it is investigating something specific and manageable in a 5 page paper.
We are focusing on questions rather than a thesis here to uphold the principles of research. We should go into our research with an open mind – not with our viewpoints already set. Let your own research into the primary text as well as your secondary sources influence your thinking so you are representing the truth, as you see it. Forcing a thesis on research just instills bias into your research methods.
At the same time, if you come to a strong viewpoint you may certainly have a thesis that is other than ‘this is an important question to raise.’
The focus of your essay should be on what you are saying – your ideas and thoughts about your topic that you have found while researching. Your sources are there to inform, support, or contradict (useful for making poins) your ideas.
Do not write an essay where each paragraph is a summary of a research paper. These are just summary and not an investigation into a question.
You must use at least 3 quotes and no more than 8. (Not included in this is short quotes of just a few words). They must be introduced and explained in the way we have learned.
There must be an introduction (using the CaRS method) and a conclusion.

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