- Who: All students of GN 265, spring semester 2012
- What: a 500-900 word (maximum) essay in a “synthetic” or “dialectical” style relating to the primary literary works we’ve discussed so far, with an emphasis on (1) Hesse’s Steppenwolf or (2) Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony” or The Trial.
- When: By Friday the 20th
- Where: Posted to this website (as a separate post — click ‘New Post’, give it the title of your essay)
Overview: Recall our in-class discussions of the analytic, synthetic, and dialectical 3-part essay styles. If you need a review, please see the page on “Three-part Essay Styles“. In class on Thursday April 12th we discussed a handful of synthetic and dialectical argument proposals for works such as Hesse’s Steppenwolf, Kafka’s The Trial and “In the Penal Colony,” and Mann’s Death in Venice. Choosing one of the discussed topics/theses or coming up with your own, appropriate synthetic or dialectical theis, write a short (500–900 word, min/max) essay. You may discuss both [a] arguments and [b] essay styles below. Post your essay (already proofread, etc.) by the end of business hours on Friday the 20th as a new post on this website (while logged in, click ‘+New’ and ‘Post’ from the toolbar).