Papers 1, 4 & 7

March 31st, 201112:03 pm @

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Papers 1, 4 & 7

As I mentioned during our last class meeting, you’ll be writing nine short (one page, single-spaced, twelve-point TNR font) response papers this quarter. One’s due each Tuesday, and—topically, at least—they come in sets of three (i.e., 1-2-3, 4-5-6, and 7-8-9).

When approaching the first paper (i.e., 1, 4, and 7) in each of those sets, please give the following a whirl:

  • Write for a general, academic audience.
  • Respond directly to the question posed in class. (This question will emerge from our conversations during class meetings. It will be written on the board, usually toward the end of class on a Thursday. I will not circulate the question by email or on this blog.)
  • Briefly summarize the context of the question, with an emphasis on the film(s) we’ve watched. (That is, give readers a sense of the who, what, when, where, etc.)
  • Use evidence (from the films and/or any articles circulated during class/via Twitter). Quote,thoroughly explain a scene/shot, or summarize a debate. Whatever the approach, be sure to cite your sources, folks. (Use whatever citation style is common in your major.)
  • Be persuasive. Your response to the question should be an argument, acknowledging that your response is but one among many possibilities. (Try gestures such as: “While Smith argues X, there is also the possibility of Y” or “Whereas, in a field such as computer science, X is common, in cultural studies of computers the question might be Y.”)
  • Don’t plagiarize. If you do, then your quarter will most certainly go sour. Way sour.
  • Finally, you will be asked to approach the paper through a particular critical “lens.” Be sure to stick to it (to the best of your knowledge). This approach will help you refine your inquiry. (You only have a page, after all.) Together with the question, I will also write this approach on the board. & no worries: we’ll discuss it during class, too.

Please print your paper and submit it at the beginning of class on the day it’s due. Also, see me with any questions or quibbles you have!

(The image above is care of Wikipedia.)