Rom A Good Family (make me a paper topic*)
Book: From A Good Family by Gabriele Reuter
Length: 4-5 typed, double-spaced pages
Due: December 10, turned in during class
Citations: page numbers in parentheses and works cited
Format: Formal academic prose; include title, introduction, conclusion, and page numbers
Resources: Rampolla writing guide; a?Department of History Style Guidea? available on the History Department website advising page, place in which it is set.
The main body of the paper will consist of paragraphs that describe and analyze specific scenes, characters, images, quotations, and other aspects of the novel. Bring in plenty of detail on the historical time and place from other readings and course lectures. You may choose to include one paragraph to set up the most important big picture information on Europe, China, or colonial Africa. Show how the characters are affected by the historical changes they lived through. Be sure to frame the paper with an introduction and conclusion that emphasize your argument. Give the paper a title related to the topic of the paper.
Keep in mind that your focus is on the experiences of fictional people. When you discuss their thoughts, actions, emotions, and motivations, make it clear that they were created by an author for a purpose. Avoid judgments or comparisons with the present. Our goal is understand the past on its own terms.
Select one of the novel excerpts and choose a specific topic focus. Work through the excerpt and note passages, scenes, and other elements that relate to your chosen topic to use as evidence. Use analysis of the evidence to develop your argument. Organize the paper by using specific evidence to support the argument.
Be sure to compose your paper to avoid plagiarism. A paper that is plagiarized whole or in part will receive a grade of 0 (zero).
Potential topic ideas:
For each topic try to explain why or how something happens because of historical conditions or changes.
Conflict in family relationships
Contradictions in male or female gender roles
Work and gender
Marriage relationships or potential marriages
Charactersa conflicts over family duty
Restrictions on sexuality
Attitudes toward sexuality
One generationas attitudes toward or conflicts with another
One genderas attitude toward of conflicts with the other
Connections between status and gender or family
Young peopleas hopes or fears in contrast to their circumstances
Different models of masculinity or femininity
Codes of masculinity
Possible alternatives to the usual gender roles
You may propose an alternative topic, but must have it approved by Professor Lybeck
Appropriately narrowed topic allowing for analysis and discovery
Convincing argument supported by evidence and analysis
Connections to historical context
Clarity and organization