Sensibility and Romanticism

The term paper is a comparative essay and may refer to any two texts on the syllabus.
NOTE: You are not permitted to write your essay on the film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.
You will, however, have the opportunity to write about the film during the exam.
The term paper itself must be between 2,000 and 2,500 words in length.
Please keep this length in mind when planning the scope of your investigation.
The final paper must be in MLA format and
incorporate at least three scholarly sources, one of which must have been published in the last ten years.
Lastly, the term paper should
(1) exhibit original, critical thinking, and
(2) demonstrate understanding of and engagement with the subject matter and themes of the course.
Proposal & Term Paper here are some additional instructions for the proposal:
1) If you are using any of the excerpted works (for eg. Burke\’s and Price\’s essays) as a primary text for your argument, please feel free to read beyond what is provided in the course reader.
2) You may use any two texts on the syllabus for your proposal & term paper. This includes \”I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud\”.
However, The Man of Feeling is off limits.Course ApproachIt has come to my attention that some of you are unsure of the module\’s approach, and of how the tutorials may serve as a complement to the lectures.
The essays and non-fictional works which you have been assigned to read are meant to be treated as primary and secondary texts.
Just to use Burke\’s essay as an example to illustrate what I mean:
Approach 1) As a primary text, you analyse the language used in Burke\’s essay and consider how various stylistic devices are used by Burke to express a certain thematic message/concern (aka your thesis).That is to say: How do these authors construct their arguments/attempt to persuade the reader? What are the rhetorical features of these text? Could we describe certain passages as poetic?And finally: What are the larger implications of the answers for all the above questions?
Approach 2) As a secondary text, you refer to Burke\’s essay as a theoretical framework/lens to read and argue about a thematic message/concern in another primary text (for eg. Austen\’s Sense and Sensibility) in the module. Your thesis will therefore be largely focused on Austen\’s text because it is your primary text.This might be the usual essay approach which you have encountered in most modules and are most familiar with.Possible texts to choose from:- Edmund Burke, selections from A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of theSublime and Beautiful (1745)- Uvedale Price, selections from An Essay on the Picturesque (1796)- Isaac Watts, “Of Books and Reading,” from The Improvement of the Mind (1741)- Thomas Sheridan, “Gesture,” from A Course of Lectures on Elocution (1762)- John Keats, “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” (1816)- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (1811)- William Wordsworth, Preface to the Lyrical Ballads, “Simon Lee,” “She Dwelt Among theUntrodden Ways” (1800)- William Wordsworth, “Anecdote for Fathers”, “Resolution and Independence” (1807)- Joanna Baillie, “London” (1800)- Charles Lamb, “The Londoner” (1802)- William Hazlitt, “On Londoners and Country People” (1823)- William Blake, “The Lamb”, “A Cradle Song” (1789)- Anna Laetitia Barbauld, “On Education” (1796)- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Frost at Midnight” (1798)- Anon., selections from A Little Pretty Pocket-Book (1787)- Anna Laetitia Barbauld, selections from Hymns in Prose for Children (1781)- William Roscoe, The Butterfly’s Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast (1805)- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Kubla Khan” (1816)- Thomas De Quincey, selections from Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821)