A research project may be either
a 10-12 page research essay on a theme concerning tragedy, African literature, or some combination.
a research journal on a general topic relating to tragedy, African literature, or some combination.
Either option is due by email 12- 16 April.
Research Essay option
Essay Topics: In choosing and developing a topic, students generally start either with a text or with an idea.
Research Journal option:
Purpose: Students will extend their range of knowledge or familiarity with the field of tragedy and / or African literature. In brief, the journal might answer the question, "What do I want to know about this field of study, and in what types of sources or references do I find this knowledge most accessible."
Length: Approximately 10-12 pages, though longer submissions are acceptable. Content: Specific suggestions are given below, but overall the journal should demonstrate that you have, however briefly or tentatively, initiated research in several relevant areas of colonial and postcolonial literature.
Quality: Though time pressures will be considered, you should be careful not to let the label of "journal" make you lazy. All your writings should be readable and interesting, and none should look like first drafts.
Coherence: A journal provides opportunities for variety in learning, but students should look for opportunities to organize their diverse sources into larger themes according to the purposes of the assignment. The introduction and conclusion provide one opportunity for you to generalize on your learning. The final exam will provide another.
Nature of research: Given the course's time constraints, much if not most research may be "background"--i. e., encyclopedias, handbooks, other reference works, web sites.
Research journal--suggested contents: (page suggestions are for double-spaced print)
(Aside from the introduction and conclusion, all the numbers and items below are variable according to your interests and findings.)
Introduction (required): rationale: what you wanted to learn and how; preview contents, general themes, choices (1-1 & 1/2 pages)
Conclusion: In terms either of variety, priority, or unity, what have you learned from the gathering of your journal? Where might this knowledge take your studies or your teaching? What new issues have been introduced that you might like to study next? (2-3 pages)
Other possible research projects: These options are available primarily for students with a focused research goal that is compatible with the course.