30% of your grade will depend on your in-class presentation, an oral and visual delivery of information,
and your Annotated Bibliography, a polished, formal, written document.
Both of these will pertain to the author we are studying for the class that day;
you will sign up for a day/author early in the semester, and you should begin your work on her immediately.
Presentation: during class you will introduce the research on your author
by summarizing your findings in the Annotated Bibliography and highlighting interesting arguments
or trends in the research. Attempt to answer some of the following questions:
What aspects of the work/author attract the most attention and why? What types of criticism/research
are being performed on this author/work (i.e. biographical criticism, historical, post-colonial,
cultural criticism, bibliographical research, etc.) How has criticism changed over the years?
What areas of exploration appear to be opening up? Please provide copies of the annotated bib.
for each class member.
DO NOT SIMPLY READ YOUR ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY. Your presentation should take from 10
to 15 minutes. Please be careful of your time limits.
Bibliography: for those of you who are unfamiliar with the requirements of an
annotated bibliography, I refer you to Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing,
2nd edition (New York: MLA, 1998) for some general guidelines.
We will be doing the annotated list style of bibliography, not the discursive essay-style bibliography.
Your research for the bibliography should be broad and inclusive, and with the exception of Aphra Behn
and Frances Burney, the author rather than a particular work should be your focus.
Because of the immensity of scholarship on Behn and Burney, it would be best to focus on a work
(Oroonoko, Evelina, for instance) when dealing with these authors.
Your first step should be to create an extensive list of works relating to or treating the author
and/or her works. You may include this list in your handout or document turned in to me.
From this list you will draw a short-list of 7-10 items, which will make up your annotated bibliography.
Research on your author should be exhaustive or as nearly exhaustive as you can make it. I have provided
a list of eighteenth-century research resources to aid your search. See
Eighteenth-Century Research References.
You will certainly want to use the MLA International Bibliography, but this is not sufficient.
You should include Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) (accessed through
LION) and the Eighteenth-Century: A Current Bibliography (ECCB), in book form in the
reference section of the library. Also of use will be the New Cambridge Bibliography of
English Literature (NCBEL), also on the reference shelves. Your textbooks will help you as well by
providing some up-to-date (or nearly) bibliographies. Start your search early so that if you need
to request books/articles from Interlibrary Loan, you will be served in sufficient time.
Do not simply rely on books on our shelves or articles you can download from the internet.
Your bibliography would inevitably be incomplete. The research in this field is burgeoning,
and so much of what you find may be of very recent date.
Your annotated bibliography should be representative of the scope and trends in the research for
your author/work. Include the best examples you can find, and provide a summary of the topic,
argument and findings, as well as an evaluative statement. How useful is the article/book?
Who can expect to benefit from reading it: the student, the scholar, the general reader?
Your documents should be double-spaced, formatted according to standard MLA rules, and, of
course, free from any grammatical or stylistic errors. Remember to paginate and include your name.
Please provide me two copies.