Essay 1 Assignment (Draft)

Length: paper must be 700 words long – minimum.  Papers can be longer than the minimum.

Point Total: 100 points

Topics:

Write a paper on ONE of the following topics:

  • Compare the Story of Sohrab and Rustum by Abolqasem Ferdowsi (the best known translation is by Matthew Arnold) with either the story of David or The Epic of Gligamesh.  The paper must use a minimum of 3 direct quotes from the Story of Sohrab and Rustum.  Note: Rustum is sometimes spelled Rostam.

 

  • Read at least 4 stories from Moroccan Folktales (available on reserve in the library) and explain at least three archetypes in the story or at least 2 purposes of myth/folktales/fairytales evident in the stories.  The paper must use a minimum of 3 direct quotes from the stories.

 

  • Read at least 4 stories from Abu Jmeel’s Daughter and Other Stories: Arab Folktales from Palestine and Lebanon (available on reserve in the library) and explain at least three archetypes in the story or at least 2 purposes of myth/folktales/fairytales evident in the stories.  The paper must use a minimum of 3 direct quotes from the stories.

 

  • Read at least 4 stories from The Book of Dede Korkut (available interlibrary loan in the library – leave a couple of days for the book to be found and sent to the library) and explain at least three archetypes in the story or at least 2 purposes of myth/folktales/fairytales evident in the stories.  The paper must use a minimum of 3 direct quotes from the stories.

 

  • Read 2 of the odes from Desert Tracings (available on reserve in the library) and compare them with “The Poem of Imru.”  The paper must use a minimum of 3 direct quotes from the odes in Desert Tracings.

 

  • Compare the story of Joseph in the Bible (Genesis chapters 30-50) and Sura 12 in the Qur’an.  The paper must use a minimum of 3 direct quotes from the Bible and 3 direct quotes from the Qur’an.

 

  • Read at least 4 chapters from The Biography of Muhammed by Ibn Ishaq (available interlibrary loan in the library – leave a couple of days for the book to be found and sent to the library) and explain at least three archetypes in the story or at least 3 purposes of myth/folktales/fairytales evident in the chapters.  The paper must use a minimum of 3 direct quotes from the chapters.

 

  • Read The Tale of Sinuhe (available interlibrary loan in the library – leave a couple of days for the book to be found and sent to the library) and explain at least three archetypes in the story or at least 3 purposes of myth/folktales/fairytales evident in the tale.  The paper must use a minimum of 3 direct quotes from the tale.

 

  • Read “The Seven Voyages from Sindbad the Sailor” from the Andrew Lang translation of the 1001 Nights (available at Project Guttenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/files/128/128-h/128-h.htm#chap15) and explain at least three archetypes in the story or at least 3 purposes of myth/folktales/fairytales evident in the tale.  The paper must use a minimum of 3 direct quotes from the stories.

 

  • View The Thief of Baghdad (1924 version starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and directed by Raoul Walsh) with The Seventh Voyage of Sindbad (1958 version directed by Nathan Juran) and Aladdin (1992 Disney version directed by Ron Clements and John Musker) and explain how the how cinematic treatment of stories from the 1001 Nights has been consistent or different over the years.  You may NOT discuss special effects.  You must include 3 specific examples from each film in the paper. 

 

  • Read the Book of Job in the Bible and compare the relationship of man to God in Job with the relationship in the story of David from the Bible and The Epic of Gilgamesh.  The paper must use a minimum of 2 direct quotes form each of the three works.

 

Documentation: the paper must be written using MLA documentationThere must be a bibliography as well as proper citation for all direct quotes and paraphrases.

None of these topics requires research outside the readings (viewings) required and class notes.  However, if you wish to do research, please feel free to do so.  Each source, of course, must be listed in the bibliography and you should write a short justification about why the source(s) you use are reliable and authoritative enough to be considered good academic sources.  Naturally, sources like Wikipedia, ask.com, etc. are inappropriate sources.

Some notes on mechanics:

  • The proper in-line citation format for a Biblical source is the name of the book, the chapter and the verse: (Gn. 1. 14-18).
  • The titles of short poems, tales or short stories are put in quotation marks: “The Fisherman’s Wife.”
  • The titles of books of the Bible are not put in quotation marks or italics; just write the name: Genesis.
  • The Bible is not put in quotation marks or italicized.
  • The titles of films are italicized – no quotation marks are needed).
  • When discussing a film, it is best to think of the director as the “author” of the film.
  • When quoting 2 or three lines of poetry, use slash lines to indicate the end of a line and cite the line numbers (rather than the page numbers) for documentation:  “That gently, o’er a perfum’d sea,/The weary way-worn wanderer bore/To his own native shore” (3-5).
  • Remember to include the name of the translator in the bibliographic entry for works.

Rough Draft Review: I will be happy to review a rough draft of papers for organization and content (I do not review for grammar).  Please send me a rough draft for review one week before the paper is due so I have time to look it over for you.  Drafts submitted less than a week before the paper is due will not be reviewed.

You are strongly encouraged to submit drafts of your papers to SmartThinking. 

Format: paper should be written in 12 point font; fonts like Times New Roman, Ariel or Calibri are fine to use.  Paper should have your name, date and course written at the top of the first page.  There should be a title, and, of course, a Works Cited.  There is no need to double space the paper.

Due date:  date paper is due is listed on the course Calendar.

Late papers: papers submitted after the date on the Calendar will be penalized one letter grade per day the paper is late; papers will not be accepted if they are more than two days lateThere are no extensions for papers.  The due dates for the papers have been listed on the COURSE CALENDAR.  You are free to submit papers any time up until the deadline on the due date.  You should not wait until the last minute to submit a paper – working ahead will take care of emergencies like having to work extra hours, computer malfunction, etc.  If you work ahead and you encounter a computer or other problem, you will have time to make necessary arrangements to get papers in on time.

 

Grading: papers will be critiqued and graded and returned online.  Papers will be graded according to the English Department’s Theme Standard Sheet and Plagiarism Policies – these can be found under COURSE POLICIES under COURSE CONTENT (found on the navigation bar on the left of this screen).

 

Content:  papers should not be a plot synopsis (summary) of the works; instead, they should be analyses of works.  Some topics ask you to compare items; of course, comparison implies contrast as well.

 

Research and documentation: many of the topics will require some research.  If a paper is researched, it must be documented using the MLA documentation form, and you need to use appropriate sources for the research.

Submitting papers:  papers should be saved in Microsoft Word and sent as an attachment.

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