Onsider the role of the hero in a Sixteenth-Century work and a Seventeenth-Century work (16th and 17th Century English Literature)

You are to write a paper on one of the topics given below. I will expect the paper to include critical sources (at least five, NOT including your text), to show the analytic ability of an upper division major, and to be relatively free of problems of form (poor organization, immature prose, incorrect spelling, punctuation, etc). All texts analyzed must have been assigned for this class. Failure to use five or more critical sources will result in a lower paper grade. Your text, the Bible, other religious works, Encyclopedias, or Wickepedia are NOT to be counted as critical sources. Online sources must be scholarly and peer-reviewed. Treat Library Databases as you would physical library resources.

Consider the role of the hero in a Sixteenth-Century work and a Seventeenth-Century work. Do these heroes have anything in common with each other? Do they have anything in common with our ideas about what makes a hero today? (Do not devote more than a couple of pages to the hero today. This paper emphasizes heroes studied in this class.) How do they reflect what is most valued in the culture?

Long Essay Supplemental Reminders

1. Every essay needs a title that reveals its general subject. This title is not the same as that of the text you will discuss nor is it a description of the assignment.

2. The thesis for the essay is an argument thesis suitable for a critical analysis of the text or texts discussed. This essay is not description nor explanation except as these aid in analysis and interpretation. State the thesis within the first paragraph or two: your reader does not want to guess at it.

3. Following MLA guidelines, the bibliography is, like the rest of the essay, double-spaced with one-inch margins; it begins a new page but is paginated by continuing numbering from the end of the essay.

4. Do not quote either the primary or secondary sources without commenting on how the quoted material supports the claims you are making. All material taken from sources, whether directly, summarized, or paraphrased, needs correct in text citation. Lengthy quotes need extensive commentary, interpretation, or explanation by you. The critics are not making the argument, you are. Rule of thumb: a research paper should be about 2/3rds your ideas and 1/3 those of your sources.

5. Serious sentence problems are not acceptable: sentence logic problems should not occur.

Please do not include a title page. All papers must be typed and follow MLA format unless otherwise agreed on. Pages should be double-spaced with no extra empty lines and numbered. Standard margins are 1top, bottom, and sides. Please do not right justify. Left justify only. Also, please give the paper a title and consult an MLA handbook for the bibliographic form for your outside sources.

NB: You may include dictionary entries, encyclopedias, the Bible, and biography in the bibliography, but note that these are not critical sources and that five outside sources used for the paper must have been written as literary criticism or criticism in closely related fields supplementing the mostly lit crit. in the bibliogtaphy.


Introduction to the 16th C; Social and Political; Literary historical; Indepth: Socio-political description; literary history; definition and history of European Renaissance
Wyatt; Surrey
Mores Utopia; A Man for all Seasons
Bible Translations and Calvin, The Institution of the Christian Religion medieval notions of predestination
Sidney The Defense of Poesy,
Queen Elizabeth, Herbert, Sidneys Astrophil and Stella
Raleigh, Marlowes Passionate Shepherd, Southwell
Spencers Faerie
Spencers Faerie Queen
Spencers Epithalamion
Shakespeares sonnets#1, 3, 12, 18, 20, 55, 73, 74; #97, 98, 116, 127, 130, 135, 138, 144
Marlowes Faustus
Introduction to Early 17th C.on the Jacobean period