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ENG ENL 3230 -- Essay 3
Historical Annotation

    Due --Dec. 5 or 7

    Length: 3-4 pages


For the last two classes of the semester, we will be having student presentations. Each of you is responsible for writing a short paper (3-4 pages) that explains or illustrates some point of historical interest in the period we have covered or answers a historical question raised by one of the works. For example, you might wonder why Mrs. Yonge (from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's poem) can be divorced for committing adultery but her husband's affairs were acceptable. Or, you might wonder why the travelers in Humphry Clinker were so concerned about highway robbers, or what the resort town of Bath was like in the eighteenth century. Perhaps you might want to know why Frances Burney had no anesthesia when she underwent her mastectomy? Ideally, your topic will be related to a work we have read for class, although it doesn't necessarily have to match a single text and might reflect more general historical themes on science and the body, for example. You will do some basic historical research, beginning with the "Selected Bibliographies" in the back of the Norton Anthology (see A13-14 for histories; A16-17 on Restoration and Eighteenth-century resources, and A18-A25 for bibliographies on specific authors). I have also provided a Bibliography for Annotation 3230, with call numbers for our library. You may also use the websites listed below. Using this historical information, write a short essay that explains this subject. Examples of topics include means of travel, dress, food, hygiene, illness, social etiquette, etc. For examples of this type of paper written by a students in other classes, see Sample Papers.

Your audience is your class; you will be writing to explain this historical phenonmenon to them. You will have to cite your sources using proper MLA format, and you will be responsible for following the rules and guidelines for formal writings.

This paper should be no longer than four pages, and so you need not be exhaustive in your research. You may NOT rely solely on website information; the course bibliography and Norton bibliographies will be good starting points for print resources. Also recall the online resources, such as JSTOR and Eighteenth-Century Collections online, discussed in the library orientation earlier this semester. You will be required to have at least one scholarly article and one print book resource in your bibliography. Aim for clarity and conciseness and historical accuracy.

This should be submitted as a "Safe Assignment" on Blackboard. Bring a hardcopy with you to class on the day of your presentation so that you can read or refer to it. Because we will be using a wired or "smart" classroom, I encourage you to use visual aids and alternative formats, such as Powerpoint.

While I don't expect you to read your entire paper to the class, your presentation of the information in the paper should reflect the content. Please prepare a bulleted list of points or "talking points" for your oral delivery prior to class and aim to finish your presentation in ten minutes. You can, of course, read segments of your paper when appropriate. You will need to choose either Dec. 5 or Dec. 7 for your presentation. Also, when you have identified the topic of your historical annotation, please post this to the designated discussion board in Blackboard to avoid any duplication of topics. Be as precise in your identification of a topic as possible. For instance, avoid choosing "fashion" as a topic. Instead say "men's fashions in the middle eighteenth century" or "women's dresses" or "footware in the eighteenth century."

Please consult the Sample papers from 3230 for some examples.

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