Find a story, play, poem or novel focused on a monster.
The paper will also have to have a “Literary Approach” – which we’ll talk about in more detail.
Popular vs. Literary Fiction. It’s tough to know what the difference is as time, and there is a great overlap, but always move toward a text that will offer you an opportunity to use your analytical tools.
Avoid books that are more interested in simply entertaining, such as the Twilight series. They will not meet our standard and you may not have the time to rewrite your paper. If in doubt, please ask me about them.
Find a book outside of what we’ve read for class. Class books are not eligible for this paper.
Movies also do not qualify for this assignment.
Of course older monster stories like Frankenstein, Dracula, and Beowulf will have more material written about them. That doesn’t necessarily make them better than new stories, it just means that there has been more time and research done. So, if you decide to do something newer, then you will have to spend a bit more time and effort setting up the discussion – be cautious not to let too much time go by before you start it.
Take on one piece of literature, a writer, or a genre and analyze it according to current literary theory. I strongly suggest you choose one novel to explore in depth.
Think about literary monsters in a way that makes them intriguing. Avoid true crime fiction and instead consider a fictitious monster and what she might represent.
In order to complete this assignment, I recommend that you choose an aspect of one of the “scholarly conversations” we have been reading and use that as the basis for your research. The discussion may overlap with other Schools of Literary Theory, so don’t concentrate on staying within any “artificial/rigid” academic boundaries.
So, for example, you may choose to analyze Dracula using a New Criticism approach. Or you may want to write about Wuthering Heights by using a Feminist approach. You could also write about a work like Brave New World using a psychoanalytic view. The idea here is to prove that you understand that stories can be seen from different viewpoints, as perceived by literary critics and the authors that write them.
The Literature Review is designed so that your paper will give the reader a clear idea of what type of writing was done during this time period, making note of the author’s contemporaries and how her work fits with the rest. So if you were writing about Walt Whitman, you would also discuss other Transcendentalists such as Thoreau, Emerson and Margaret Fuller. This is the EASY part of the essay, so be sure to do a good job with this.
Most scholarly articles contain some sort of “Literature Review,” so I’d like for you to demonstrate your familiarity with the literature pertaining to your topic. Where/how you include that review is up to you, but it should be be no more than 250 words and clearly labeled “Literature Review.” It is usually placed at the beginning or end of the paper with a subtitle to signify its purpose and is a part of the 2500 word length.
Length: Your paper should be approximately 2500 words, but no more than 3000 words, excluding the works cited page.
Style: MLA style. You must have a handbook that clarifies MLA style. Since English 1A was a research class, I expect you to now appropriate parenthetical notation, as well as literary documentation (although we will review the latter here). Purdue OWL – MLA Format (Links to an external site.)
Label your paper’s literary theory in the heading.
Thesis: The paper must have a clearly stated thesis, without using something trite like “my paper will be about,” and develop it using paragraphs focused on this one topic.
The thesis should have a “topic” stating the main idea discussed and an “argument” that clarifies “WHY” it is important.
The literary theory will be clear in the thesis.
You will have a proposal due before the paper, so start working on it now.
Works Cited: This paper differs from an English 1A paper, in that the majority of your sources will be scholarly journals.
Academic Journals
Books
online sources (academic online resources)