During the semester students will complete two book reviews.
You will write your reviews on the readings assigned for the
weeks in which you lead the group discussion. Since you are
leading discussion more than twice, you may write your reviews
on the assigned readings of whichever two weeks you wish.
Your review should be a critical evaluation of the book or readings
for the week. You should consider the perspectives, experiences,
and loyalties of the author(s) as well as the time and circumstances
in which the author(s) wrote. If the work is a historical study,
is the research and thesis compelling? If it is a literary work,
what are the main themes? If it is a political manifesto or memoir,
is it convincing? You may consider issues or controversies
raised in class, but the review should articulate your reaction
most of all.
Since you are focusing on mostly one or two readings, you should
use parenthetical citations containing the author and page numberó
i.e. (Hyam, 145). If you are reviewing several works,
you are encouraged to employ a comparative approach.
Book reviews should be 4-6 doubled-spaced, numbered pages using
standard fonts and margins. The reviews are due in class on the
Monday after the week that the book or readings were discussed.
At the end of the semester each student will complete a 16-20 page bibliographical essay
focusing on a recurring theme in the course (i.e. ethnicity, language,
sovereignty, etc.). This is not a research essay and does not require any further
reading beyond what is assigned for the course. It is instead an opportunity for you
to synthesize and present in a comprehensive and thematic way what you have learned in the
course as well as your own reactions to the readings and discussions.
Although the essay will be based on a critical analysis of the course readings,
you may, if you wish, also incorporate books any research or reading you have done
Sources and Citations:|
Since this is an essay based on common readings rather than individual research, you may use
parenthetical citations (as in the book reviews) rather than footnotes or endnotes. You must, however,
include a full bibliography at the end of the essay and if you cite a reading or source apart from
the ones we discussed in class, be sure to provide a full citation. If you have any questions about proper citation practices please speak with the instructor or
consult the College's Academic Integrity Policy and The Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition)
for further guidance.
Your essay should be 16-20 pages and it must have a title. All pages must be doubled-spaced,
numbered, and must use standard fonts and margins. In writing and revising your essay you should consult the History
Department Writing Guidelines and Grading Standards. Additionally, you might find a visit to
the Lewis & Clark Writing Center and the following two
Finally, be sure to edit and proofread your essay thoroughly before
submitting it. Poor syntax or structure and excessive errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar will
lower your grade.
Strunk & White, The Elements of Style|
Wilson Follett, Modern American Usage: A Guide
The bibliographical essay is due at 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 10.
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