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Japanese Culture Response Paper 1

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DUE: 9/30, at the beginning of class (please hand in hard copy) LENGTH: Your essays are to be Roughly 600 words, or two double-spaced typed pages, in length (+bibliography).
GOALS/METHODOLOGY: This assignment is meant to foster interpretive reading skills supported by textual evidence from primary sources and contextual evidence or theoretical arguments gleaned from secondary sources. The exact method for the paper is somewhat open and depends on the nature of the thesis. In broad terms, the paper should demonstrate a reading of a text (or texts) that is supported by specific evidence drawn from these ...view middle of the document...

Be brave! Do not let the interesting aspects of your analysis be betrayed by a weak, equivocating final statement. Also remember that you are not reviewing these texts, so try to resist using an assessment of their quality or literary worth to frame your discussion. Presentation and organization: Is the paper proofread carefully, and employ proper citation methods? Is the argument clearly laid out, with sentences that flow logically one to the other? You need clean citations in a standard format that involves page numbers, and you must append a proper bibliography. Please use the page numbers and

bibliographic information describing the ORIGINAL form of the sources, NOT the Course Pack. The Course Pack is NOT an independent publication. As for punctuation, keep in mind that as a general rule, titles of whole books/collections (as in The Pillow Book) are either italicized or underlined (though never both!), while articles and short stories are enclosed in quotation marks (as in "Ainu Moshir and Yaponesia: Ainu and Okinawan Identities in Contemporary Japan"). Direct quotations from texts should also be enclosed in quotation marks, unless it is a lengthy quotation that you are "block-­‐quoting"; that is, setting off through indentation. Use of evidence: Does your use of evidence effectively support your argument? When using primary sources, there needs to be a clear explanation of the parts of the texts you are using and why they are relevant to your point. With the secondary readings, choose your quotes and evidence well and think abut how you can integrate them into your argument so that it will be clear how you are using them. If there is so much of someone else's argument in your paper that it is impossible to distinguish it from the argument that is particular to you, you are not making good use of that argument. This is a short paper, so being as specific as you can in your thesis and your use of evidence will help you push your point into interesting directions, rather than stalling out in a whirlwind of generalizations and cliché. In some ways, short papers can be more challenging to write than longer ones for this reason - they must be well-­‐planned in order to say as much as possible in a small space. Originality: Is your paper original to you, in terms of argument and use of examples? Papers that rely exclusively on examples discussed in class or limit themselves to repeating arguments in readings using the same examples discussed in those readings will not receive full credit for originality. We are looking to see that you have carefully engaged the material in order to put it to work in your paper, and that there is something distinctive to your take on the fiction or the implications of the secondary sources' arguments. Note: Taking material from the Internet or other...

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