Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Term Paper

All students are required to write a research paper including in-text citations for all quotations, as well as a “works cited” list including all internet sites you used at the end of the paper, all in the proper MLA style.

The term paper (at least 1,200 words) must be typed (double-spaced). Include a bibliography of all sources you have used, both books and Internet resources. Use Times Roman New, size 12 and leave a 1-inch margin on all sides. Title page, table of contents, pictures and bibliography are not considered part of the required pages. Please include a word count at the bottom of your paper. The term paper is due at the beginning of class on the day indicated on the syllabus. Unless I have explicitly granted an extension before the due date, late papers will be penalized one-third of a letter grade per day. (A paper that would have earned a B+ will receive a B if it is one day late, a B- if it is two days late, and so on.)

In the research paper, you should carefully compare and contrast any two of the fairy tales that we have studied. You may choose two versions of the same tale (such as Perrault’s “Little Red Riding Hood” and the Grimms’ “Little Red Cap”) or similar versions of different tales (such as "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Little Thumbling"). You must apply one of the theories (disciplines) we have studied in the semester in your analysis. Be very careful in choosing the texts you want to write on, since you want to choose the ones most appropriate to your topic. You should have a precise topic focusing on a specific theme. I hope you choose the theme you are most interested in; some suggestions that seem particularly relevant to these tales are: women, assertiveness, passivity, independence, autonomy, men, sexual desire, fathers, mothers, sisters, family, home, security, marriage, nature, magic, money, violence, class. 

Another option would be to choose one of the following topics and write a research paper on it: the image of women in fairy tales, religion and spirituality in fairy tales, sex and violence in fairy tales, fairy tales as an educational tool, fairy tales and material culture (greeting cards, cartoons, advertisements, games, etc.), fairy tales and psychotherapy, villains and heroes in fairy tales, fairy tales and horror films/ suspense films, fairy tales and Disney, the depiction of childhood; the depiction of nature; the depiction of animals; the depiction of human nature; the depiction of men; the depiction of sexuality; the depiction of girls or women; the depiction of marriage; the depiction of family; the depiction of poverty, etc.
Term Paper is due by April 26.

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