Compare LeCarre’s and/or Fleming’s novels to more recent spy novels and/or spy movies you know. How did the spy genre evolve from then to now?
Compare LeCarre’s and/or Fleming’s novels to more recent spy novels and/or spy movies you know. How did the spy genre evolve from then to now? What does recent spy fiction owe to such predecessors as the ones we read for this class? In case you decide to include non-British authors, how does the genre change when it “moves” to other countries and cultures?
Several times during the semester you will be required to choose a topic related to our class materials and develop it into a CRITICAL paper presenting an ORIGINAL argument/thesis. Your paper must mainly deal with materials covered between the previous paper or the beginning of the course (whichever applies) and the day the paper is due (included). Please feel free to contact the teacher and/or the Writing Tutorial Services to discuss your argument in advance.
The structure of your paper should be entirely functional to the EXPLANATION AND DEMONSTRATION OF YOUR ARGUMENT, and must not rely on a simple description of personal feelings or emotions. Your argument must be grounded in the materials you discuss, and must be DEMONSTRABLE through examples taken from those same materials. The argument of a strong paper is usually an idea that can be expressed in one or two sentences. Phrase your argument in a clear and concise fashion. Failure to find and present a convincing argument will cause your grade for the assignment to be lowered.
Avoid repeating or reworking arguments that were discussed during presentations, class activities, or your previous papers, and try to identify a new argument for each paper. Your argument SHOULD NOT BE OBVIOUS (“Holmes is the protagonist of this Holmes story” is accurate, but not a good argument!). On the other hand, DO NOT DISTORT your materials just to be original (“Gandalf is the protagonist of this Holmes story” is very original, but still not a good argument).
BE FAIR to your materials in the selection and demonstration of your argument! This means that your discourse should take all relevant elements from your materials into account. Do not just give things “a spin”, and avoid overemphasizing the elements that support your thesis and downplaying or ignoring those that go against it. This may force you to tweak or change your thesis as you go, but it is still a small price to pay to ensure that your argument is sound, convincing, and respectful of the materials you are discussing. Remember: a good argument FINDS something that was in the text already, whereas a specious argument ADDS a superficially plausible (but actually inaccurate) reading to the original materials.
DO NOT GENERALIZE! Talk about the specific texts or movies you are covering; offer abundant and detailed examples. For instance, avoid talking about Holmes or Watson in general, and discuss them within the context of one or more stories (say, Holmes in A Study in Scarlet, or Watson in The Sign of Four). Make sure that everything you say can be CHECKED AGAINST A RELIABLE SOURCE, be it a primary text or a critical essay. You are responsible for the accuracy of every statement you make in your paper.
Remember that your reader (the instructor) already knows the materials you are discussing, so please don’t use precious time and space to “introduce” the plot of the stories. LIMIT YOUR SUMMARY OF THE CONTENTS to what is strictly necessary to prove your thesis. Extra research is allowed but not required to complete the papers
|Academic Level||College (3-4 years: Junior, Senior)|
|Paper Type||Argumentative essays|
|Number of Pages||5 Page(s)/1375 words|