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ITAL 2500 Essay Topics and Instructions Both essays should deal with some cultural aspect of Italy and/or of Italians as represented by the characters and by their lives in the two novels (Lampedusa's The Leopard and Calvino's Marcovaldo: Seasons in the City ). Both essays should focus on the people, the social classes, the institutions, and the social changes that were taking place in Italy, and that were affecting Italians during the period described in each novel (Unification in The Leopard , and postwar Italy in Marcovaldo ). Feel free to limit your chosen topic so that you can adequately analyze it in sufficient detail and depth in a 1500-word essay. You may limit your chosen topic to one particular aspect, theme, or character, as long as you show what it reveals about the mindset or culture of the people in each novel. In other words, whatever you choose to write about should shed some light on how the characters think, and on why they behave the way they do in the novel. When you write your paper, be sure to clearly indicate what your paper is going to be about in the opening paragraph: What is it you plan to discuss? How do you plan to discuss it? What do you hope to prove or illustrate in your discussion? Please exert some effort (1) not to compile a mere catalogue of instances, but to emphasize what you consider important and to come to some general conclusions; (2) to be, nevertheless, as specific as possible, and to illustrate at least your important or difficult points by examples in the novel; (3) to avoid unfounded generalizations, and needless retelling or summarizing of the works and material which you may assume I have read or know; and (4) to avoid falling into a recitation of what I have said in class or of what you have read elsewhere--though you may quote such information whenever it is pertinent to the essay you are constructing, in which case you should cite your sources. You are encouraged to make use of any extra historical, philosophical, critical, or other knowledge you have, to the extent that it genuinely bears on your subject; however, your essay should not rely heavily on what others have said about the novels; instead your essay should show what you are able to deduce from the novel you are analyzing. When you use someone else’s ideas in your papers, you must cite them following the format in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (sections 1.8 and 4). In other words, include the name of the author in the sentence where you use her/his idea, and put in parentheses, at the end of the sentence, the page number of your source. For example: As Marguerite Mills Chiarenza has suggested, Dante expresses the state of his soul in the landscapes he describes (22). If you do not include the author’s name in the sentence, you must included it in the parenthetical citation: Dante expresses the state of his soul in the landscapes he describes (Mills Chiarenza 22).
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