The comparative essay has a three-fold purpose: (1) to test your understanding of formal analysis…

Assignment Name: Comparative Essay
Course Prefix, Number, Section (s): GEND 300-90
Instructor: Alisa Schreibman
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Purpose
The comparative essay has a three-fold purpose: (1) to test your understanding of formal analysis and interpretation in a context that provides you some control
over the timing and the subject matter of the work; (2) to develop your ability to write about the arts in a persuasive, thoughtful manner; (3) to provide a short,
polished writing sample for future use in a portfolio, job application, or graduate school application.
Assignment
In an essay of no more than four pages, compare and contrast two pre-approved works of art.
The essay will begin with an introduction that forecasts your argument and conclusion, introduces the chosen art, and offers a thesis statement or hypothesis
about how the works relate to each other. It will contain a paragraph for each work that provides a brief description, the historical background and use context.
Following the description paragraphs will be your comparing and contrasting, which will include the formal aspects of the works and interpretation. You will
conclude with a paragraph that wraps up the argument and explains the significance of your conclusion.
Details:
• 2-3 pages with a hard maximum of 4; not including the figures.
• A bibliography of at least 5 sources that include:
o One or more of the course texts.
o One or more articles or books about each work of art. They may be internet sources but may not be encyclopedia type entries. Wikipedia is
often a good place to begin research, but it is not acceptable to quote or paraphrase or use in any fashion.
o Each of the works of art.
• At least two properly cited quotations from the bibliographical resources. These will be cited in text, so you may use the simple form of last name and
date, e.g. (Schreibman 2018).
• At least two properly labeled Figures, one for each work. You may have more Figures if you would like to point to specific details of works for
comparative purposes. These will not count for your page length. For an example of a proper citation, see class lectures for Week 5.
• APA format. If you don’t know what this means, ask.
Assignment Name: Comparative Essay
Course Prefix, Number, Section (s): GEND 300-90
Instructor: Alisa Schreibman
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Plagiarism
Plagiarism is defined as passing off someone else’s work as your own. It is cheating and a violation of the terms of this course. If you plagiarize, you will be
caught, and you will receive a zero for any portion of the assignment that you have plagiarized. Each of the following are examples of plagiarism and are,
therefore, unacceptable. All assignments will go through Turnitin.
• Using the exact words from any source without quotation marks and proper citation. This pertains to sources you put in your bibliography and sources
you don’t.
• Paraphrasing (revising words) from any source without proper citation. This also pertains to sources you put in your bibliography and sources you don’t.
• Submitting a paper that has been written all, or in part, by another person.

 

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