ENG 103
Dr. Kelly Aliano
FINAL IN-CLASS WRITING (10%)
For this
final in-class writing, use the research that you have done this semester to
respond to the following question in an approximately 500-word essay:
In your estimation, what does it mean to be
“modern”? How have various artists & theatre practitioners attempted to
be modern during the years 1830-1950? What do you think we can learn
about how to continue to create modern art from this historical legacy? Be
specific with examples.
To answer this, you would use
three examples from the course (play texts, theories, works of art,
performances, films, etc.) from three distinct eras to show how
“modern” has developed. You might write about Hugo as an early
version of the modern, then show how this changes with Naturalism in the late
1800s, then end with Artaud as a later version of being modern. Your thesis
will be a statement of what you think it means to be modern & your
conclusion will be your reflections on how to be modern moving forward. This
would mean a five-paragraph essay total.
Your
response must include both references to the course examples (analysis) as well
as references to outside sources (you may use the same material from your final
research paper or class readings).
Ideas must
be shaped into paragraphs that have topic sentences & paragraphs must be
shaped into sections. The overall essay should
flow together; you should use transitional words & phrases throughout.
Thesis
statements should be fully realized statements of argument. They must be incorporated into a fully
fleshed out introduction paragraph & all paragraphs must have topic
sentences that reflect this thesis. The
essay should have a clear conclusion paragraph that looks beyond the limited
scope of this essay.
All citations
must be in appropriate MLA format. You
do not need a formal works cited page.
Grading:
ORGANIZATION: 40 POINTS
EVIDENCE: 30 POINTS
ARGUMENT: 20 POINTS
STYLE: 10 POINTS

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