milestones will help keep the project on
track. Most of them are due on Sunday evenings
by 11:00 p.m. via email.
IMPORTANT. All work should be emailed to Prof. Curley before the deadline and formatted as follows:
- PDFs only;
- double-spaced with one-inch margins;
- numbered pages (if more than one page).
Work that fails to comply with these specifications will NOT be accepted and, as appropriate, will be counted as late.
Sunday, February 26
Your choice of poem, explaining your choice in a full paragraph; if the poem is less than 15 lines, you must account for that as well. Remember, the poem must not appear on our regular reading list (for which see the course Calendar). Poems will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis, so it might be prudent to have a second choice (though you need not reveal it).
Scansion and rough translation
Sunday, March 5
A preliminary translation of your poem, literal and grammatically correct; and a scanned version of the Latin, formatted like our scansion exercises (see our Opera page). Leave lots of room for Prof. Curley's comments and corrections.
Scansion and translation meeting
Week of March 5
On Feb. 28, Prof. Curley will distribute a sign-up sheet for individual 30-minute meetings, during which you and he will review your scansion and preliminary translation of the poem. This is a chance to ask questions about the text and the meter.
Sunday, April 2
The preliminary bibliography should present your research to date. List at least seven secondary sources (articles, essays, book chapters, and the like) germane to your topic, and following a standard bibliographic format. For general thoughts about research see "Secondary sources" (under Paper, above).
Outline and annotated bibliography
A comprehensive outline of your paper. Begin with a thesis statement, a single paragraph that summarizes the salient points of your paper. Then unpack these points, one by one, by listing the smaller ideas that go along with them. You need not use a traditional number-and-letter format, but you should offer a complete overview of your paper's structure and sub-structure.
Include an annotated bibliography, a comprehensive list of nine secondary sources (hopefully the same ones listed in the preliminary bibliography plus two more) formatted as follows:
- the source listing, in a standard bibliographic format;
- a paragraph (at least six sentences) summarizing the source — its main idea or ideas; and
- a second paragraph (at least six sentences) offering a reaction to the source, how it has informed the project.
The annotated bibliography should address only those sources that have proven useful to the project. See also "Secondary sources" (under Paper, above). DO NOT annotate entire books, only chapters or essays thereof.
April 25, and Thursday, April 27, in class
class periods will be devoted to presentations of students' research to date (details in Presentation, above.) Presentations
will last about 30 minutes. The order of presentations is as follows:
April 25: Brady, Cail, Le
April 27: Griffin, Rueda, Strileckis
As noted, peers of the presenters should prepare by looking over the poems to be discussed in Latin and reading a translation of the same.
A rough draft of your final paper. Think of it as a 60-75% finished version of the final paper. All matters pertaining to structure and content should be settled, if not fully developed. A few gaps are acceptable, provided that there are complete summaries of what is missing.
Rough draft meetings
Tuesday, May 2
Sign up at our last class for a 30-minute meeting with Prof. Curley that same day to discuss your rough draft. Our discussion will give you appropriate guidance for completing your final paper.
Thursday, May 9, noon
polished-to-perfection, ultimate version of your paper, due at the
end of our scheduled final examination period. This version should include an unannotated bibliography, but one that lists any new sources gathered and used between April 19 and May 9.
Remember, your paper should
- be a PDF file;
- have numbered pages and one-inch margins;
- follow accepted standards for listing and citing sources; and
- be at least 3500 words in length (excluding bibliography).