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Assignment

Paper 1: Research Essay and Presentation

 Overview: You will be responsible for researching, writing a paper, and giving a 5-7-minute presentation on a topic from the list below. The paper should be 7-9 pages in length and should use SCHOLARLY SOURCES ONLY (at least three). If you’re unclear about what counts as a scholarly source, SEE ME. NO WEBSITES

 Documentation Style: MLA

 Topics and due dates:

 

1.        The Trojan War: Fact and Fiction (02/06)

2.       Who were the Minoans and Mycenaeans? What were their cultures and civilizations like? (02/08)

3.       How did the Greeks (and others in the ANE) envision the afterlife? (02/10)

4.       What is Greek mythology? What are its origins? How has it influenced our culture and literature? (09/21)

5.       What do we know about Rome’s beginning? How did it become a world empire? (02/20)

6.       What was it like to live in the Augustan Roman Empire? (02/22)

7.       What was it like to be a woman in Augustan Rome? (02/24)

8.       What was Christianity’s place in the Roman Empire from the 1st to the 4th century? (03/13)

9.       What were the “Fall” of the Western Roman Empire and its aftermath like? (03/15)

10.    How were Roman citizens educated in Late Antiquity (late 3rd century to mid-7th century A.D.)? (03/17)

11.      What are the origins of Islam? How did it spread? (03/20)

12.     How did Dante’s life influence The Divine Comedy? (03/22)

13.     What are the characteristics of the medieval romance? (03/27)

14.    What is a fabliau? (03/29)

15.     What was the European Renaissance? (04/03)

16.     What sources did Shakespeare use for his plays, particularly Hamlet? (04/05)

17.     What was the Enlightenment and how did it influence European culture, especially literature? (04/12)

18.     What was the Romantic Movement and how did it influence European culture, especially literature? (04/12)

19.     Who was Leo Tolstoy? What were his influences? (04/19)

20.   Who was Franz Kafka and how did his life influence his literature? (04/21)

21.     What is Modernism? What role did it play in European culture, especially literature? (04/24)

22.   What is postmodernism? How has it influenced literature? (04/26)

23.    What is Magical Realism? (04/28)

24.   What was the transatlantic slave trade? (05/03)

25.   Describe the history and culture of Nigeria (05/03)

 

Starting Research Question

Example Topic:


What is Roman mythology? What are its origins? How has it influenced our culture and literature?

 


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