Proposal for Anthology or Field Guide (Midterm Project Evaluation: Week 6)
By week 6 (Monday, November 8), students should have an idea as to the focus and format of her, his, their collection of literary short forms.
1) Proposal. A proposal should include your format (anthology or field guide), rationale, as well as method you will use to select your entries. Unlike an abstract, which summarizes a work that has already been written, a proposal is the first step in producing a major project. More practically, however, a proposal’s purpose is to convince a teacher, advisor, or publisher that the topic is unique and interesting, methods are clear and rigorous, and knowledge adequate enough to proceed with the project.
2) The beginning of your collection. You should collect 2 examples of your particular short form. You should offer an annotation of each entry to justify its existence in your anthology or field guide following the format for an anthology or field guide.
3) The beginning of a bibliography: You should submit 5-6 secondary works that you plan to use for your literature review. These works should be related to your particular form and offer substantive analyses of your form. These can be peer reviewed articles or books.
Format of Proposal and Collection:
All documents should be TNR, Double Spaced, MLA format
A proposal offers an introduction to your form, method, and reason for completing such a project. This introduction often comes in the form of a question that categorizes the literary artefacts in a unique way or brings together artefacts from otherwise unrelated fields. Your question is your unique approach to the primary texts or artefacts. After you introduce your artefacts, method, and question, you should explain the implications: why is your question more interesting than others? What does your question reveal that other questions do not? What does your question conceal that other questions reveal? Is your question answerable?
Your proposal should be no more than one (1) page. You should give enough detail to interest the reader but not too much to overwhelm. Since your final paper will offer a brief review of secondary literature, you will only need a bibliography for this proposal. If you are unclear on how to write this proposal, look at the introductions of any anthology or field guide in the library.
4) Annotated collection as either an anthology or field guide
AA Clear and insightful proposal with 2 annotated entries
BA Clear Proposal with 2 annotated entries
BB Vague proposal with 1-2 annotated entries
CB Unclear proposal with 1 annotated entries
CC “ “ “ “
DC “ “ “ “
DD Something, but less than above