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ENG 6005 Scholarly Writing and Research

    Class 12: Prospectus and Chapter organization and transitions

      Class Objectives:

      Reflect on writing practice and goals
      Guest Speaker: Dr. John Lennon
      Discuss Prospectus writing -- review samples
      Discuss the chapter organization and transitions in a book
      Discuss blog readings - current events in publishing

      Due for today:


        Julie Sanders, The Cultural Geography of Early Modern Drama, 1620-1650, Chaps 1-2
        4 Sample Prospectuses(in documents)
        PhD Handbook on Prospectus

      Post #11 Current events in publication

    Notes and Discussion Questions:

      1: Guest Speaker: Dr. John Lennon
        Please prepare questions regarding the writing and publication process.

      2. Prospectuses

        Examine the different samples of PhD prospectuses provided in course documents.

        From the Handbook

        The dissertation prospectus should reflect considerable preliminary investigation of the topic and should be a detailed but not restrictive description that defines, outlines, and justifies the research objectives. To accomplish these objectives, the prospectus should include the following:

      • Definition of Purpose: a clear, concise discussion of the purpose of the research
      • Review of the Critical Literature: an evaluative survey of the pertinent, significant critical literature, with a clear statement concerning the contribution of the dissertation to the study of the proposed topic
      • Description of Methodology: a description of the tentative plan for organizing the dissertation, together with a specification of the methodology to be used
      • Notes and Selected Bibliography: endnotes (if necessary) referring to the text of the dissertation proposal and a selected list of important primary and secondary sources.

      What questions do these examples raise?

      3: Sanders, chaps 1-2

        We will remain with the first two chapters of Sanders' book (now avail in PDF in docs)

        Pay particular attention to the ways in which she organizes the chapters. What headings and subheadings does she use?

        What logic is involved in this organization? Were there other choices?

        What internal conventions or phrases does she use to make organizational signposts?

        What types of transitions are used: additive, numerical, substantive, thematic, linguistic, temporal, others?

        What makes for effective / ineffective transition?

        what makes for effective / ineffective organization?

      4: Discussion of Current Events

        Each student will write a discussion post on a recent topic in publication. Please cite the blog you are referencing so that we can also read it.

      5: Conclusions

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