Honors 202 006:
Discovering Literature--The Appeal of Pastoral
G123. M, W, 1:30-2:45
Final Paper Assignment
Due Date: Monday, Dec. 12. To be
turned in at my office, Tompkins 270, by 4pm
You do not have a final exam, so your
final paper is instead due at that scheduled time.
Whether you have selected Philip Roth's American Pastoral, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, Alice Walker's "Strong
Horse Tea," or another work of your choice already cleared with me,
your job is to show me how much you now know about pastoral in the way
you can apply ideas about pastoral independently to a work you have not
yet been taught in this course. You are encouraged to draw upon and
develop your own ideas based on your own sense of what pastoral is.
Filter your choice of what ideas to incude based on what is most
relevant to the thesis you aim to present and defend. Your most
concrete evidence will come from your selected primary text, but you
are also encouraged to consider whether the various theories of
pastoral canvassed in Gifford, as well as Gifford's own unique ideas
about pastoral vs. post-pastoral, helps illuminate how you understand
and appreciate the presence of pastoral in what you are analyzing.
Should any one of those theories seem particularly applicable use
Gifford's bibliography to guide you to further full sources (for
example, Leo Marx).
Whatever you find in terms of primary or secondary resources, your job
is to then construct an argument about how to read the presence of
pastoral in your chosen text or work. It is completely up to you
how to structure this argument. Make it as clear and engaging as you
can, and recall my writing advice on the structure of drafts vs
If you quote directly or paraphrase any secondary source you must cite
it and document it in a bibliography of Works Cited.
Length: 8-10 pages.
worth 25% of your grade