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Advice on Style and Writing for Anthologies and Papers

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Some Advice on Style and Writing [Note: This advice is not specifically designed for completing the take-home anthology project. It’s advice for improving writing for any of the writing assignments for this course. I believe my advice can be helpful for any writing that you do for courses in the humanities and social sciences.] ---Chose a topic you care about. Offer a significant perspective or interpretation. Prefer complexity to generality. Consider a topic that provides an opportunity to comment on a problem, a paradox, a dilemma, a contradiction or something that vexes us (i.e., a topic that offers an opportunity for an interesting debate). Consider a thesis an argument that answers a complex or interesting question. ---Start with the text and stay close to it. Use the text as evidence. Back up your assertions or arguments with short or long citations from the text and commentary on those citations. Explain how the passage supports your point or develops your argument. (Prefer not to open the paper with a long, abstract argument or introduction to the topic that does not engage the specifics of any text assigned for the course.) Title : Create an interesting title. Opening Paragraph : 1. Catch the reader's attention with forceful, interesting sentences. Avoid beginning the paper with general statements that provide the reader with basic information (e.g., Nathanael West’s Day of the Locust was written in 1939, and it offers a jaded look at Hollywood.). If you must begin with a quotation, keep it short. If you begin with a question, make sure you indicate some type of answer for it in the first paragraph.
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