Your final essay for this course (12-14 pp. /3250-3500 words) is an intervention the debate surrounding the keyword essay that you wrote earlier in the semester. The essay should explore a particular text or topic and engage with a larger problem or mode of criticism.

The paper should frame itself as part of a larger debate or question in literary or cultural studies. For instance, you may draw on one or more of the theoretical approaches that you outlined in your keyword essay as particularly useful in discussing a particular text or phenomenon. Conversely, you may wish to focus your essay on criticism of one of the theoretical approaches. Imagine that your essay will be a reference that might be cited in the course of writing a keyword essay.

If you are planning to write a Capstone, then you may wish to see this paper as a critical preparation for your Capstone.

The paper is due on December 15, 2016.