Calendar of Due Dates for the Senior Essay

THE LITERATURE AND COMPARATIVE CULTURES MAJOR

CALENDAR OF DUE DATES FOR THE SENIOR ESSAY

Literature 491a

FALL 2022

In order to write a successful fall-semester senior essay, it is essential to start planning the essay during the semester preceding senior year and to begin some of the pertinent reading for the project during the summer. All students considering writing a fall-semester senior essay should meet with the senior essay coordinator in the spring of junior year, in order to discuss potential topics and advisors and to become familiar with the schedule, writing process, and typical scope of the project.

All senior essays in the Literature major are written in English, with citations in the original language; translations may be provided in the end notes.

Friday, September 09, 2022: Prospectus

A developed version of the initial proposal, three pages in length, containing (1) a statement of the major thesis or hypothesis; (2) a brief description of the approach and organization of the subject, minimum 250 words; (3) a week-by-week schedule of readings, research to accomplish, writing assignments, and regularly-scheduled meetings with the advisor; (4) a selected bibliography, to include books to-be-read as well as books already read. For each source listed, a one-sentence description should explain its relevance and/or importance to the project.

Friday, October 28, 2022: Rough Draft

Rough draft due, 25 pages minimum; Notes or a draft that only represents part of the essay will not be acceptable.

Friday, December 2, 2022: Final Essay

Complete essay due; two hard copies to be delivered to the DUS, who selects a second reader with the Senior Essay Coordinator. Essays should be 25-35 pages long and should follow the formal conventions set out in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.


LITERATURE 491b

SPRING 2023

In order to write a successful spring-semester senior essay, it is essential to start planning the essay in the early part of the fall semester of senior year, to find an advisor, and to complete some of the pertinent reading during the fall semester. All students who would like to consider writing a spring semester senior essay should meet with the senior essay coordinator in the early fall of senior year, in order to discuss potential topics and advisors and to become familiar with the schedule, writing process, and typical scope of the project. All senior essays in the Literature major are written in English, with citations in the original language; translations may be provided in the end notes.

Friday, October 28, 2022: Topic Proposal

One-paragraph description of proposed essay topic, with advisor’s name and signature, delivered in hard copy to the DUS. This description should identify the subject of the essay as well as its major text(s). The topic should represent substantially new work; essays that repeat papers submitted for other course work will not be acceptable.

Friday, January 20, 2023: Prospectus

A developed version of the initial proposal, three pages in length, containing (1) a statement of the major thesis or hypothesis; (2) a brief description of the approach and organization of the subject, minimum 250 words; (3) a week-by-week schedule of readings, research to accomplish, writing assignments, and regularly-scheduled meetings with the advisor; (4) a selected bibliography, to include books to-be-read as well as books already read. For each source listed, a one-sentence description should explain its relevance and/or importance to the project.

Thursday, March 09, 2023 (before Spring Break): Rough Draft

Rough draft due, 25 pages minimum; Notes or a draft that only represents part of the essay will not be acceptable.

Friday, April 14, 2022: Final Essay

Complete essay due; two hard copies to be delivered to the DUS, who selects a second reader with the Senior Essay Coordinator. Essays should be 25-35 pages long and should follow the formal conventions set out in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.


LITERATURE 492 and 493

2022-2023 FULL YEAR

Students wishing to write a full-year senior essay must petition before the end of the spring term preceding their senior year. The due date for petitions for the Class of 2023 is Friday, April 8, 2022, by 5 p.m., in hard copy to the Literature Major office. Interested students must meet individually with the senior essay coordinator before April in the spring semester, in order to talk about ideas for topics and advisors, and to learn about the requirements and the typical scope of the year-long project. This meeting will help the student to judge his or her own interest in the project, to understand the amount of research necessary to do before the senior year, and to learn how to write the most effective petition for the project. All senior essays in the Literature major are written in English, with citations in the original language; translations may be provided in the end notes.

Friday, April 8, 2022: Petition

One-page petition (250 words), consisting of a written description of the project, the primary texts, its possible scope, a summary of any research done to date on the topic, and faculty members with whom the student has discussed the project. (The petition is essentially a short version of the three-page prospectus for the full-year essay that is due in early September.) After the petition is delivered in hard copy to the Literature Major office, the senior essay coordinator will notify the student of the faculty’s approval or lack thereof of the petition, in a timely manner upon its submission.

Monday, September 9, 2022: Prospectus

A developed version of the initial proposal, three pages in length, containing (1) a statement of the major thesis or hypothesis; (2) a brief description of the approach and organization of the subject, minimum 250 words; (3) a week-by-week schedule of readings, research to accomplish, writing assignments, and regularly-scheduled meetings with the advisor; (4) a selected bibliography, to include books to-be-read as well as books already read.

Friday, October 28, 2022: Annotated Bibliography

A selected annotated bibliography, organized in three categories: (1) primary text(s), work(s), or film(s); (2) secondary texts already read; (3) and secondary texts to read. For each source listed, a one-sentence description should explain its relevance and/or importance to the project. This document should also contain a prose description of research conducted to date, and an outline, in point-form, of the planned essay.

Friday, February 10, 2023: Rough Draft

Full rough draft due, minimum 40 pages.

Thursday, April 14, 2023: Complete Essay

Complete essay due.