Assessment 2 Information and Criteria What is the value of the ‘little magazine’ today?
Assessment 2: Final Essay
What is it? Assessment 2 is a 4000-word essay responding to this essay question:
What is the value of the ‘little magazine’ today?
What is it for? This assessment enables you to develop wide-ranging, in-depth analysis of the materials studied and independent research, and enables you to exercise and extend the skills developed in the formative assessment.
Materials studied related to this research question:
Sean Latham & Robert Scholes, ‘The Rise of Periodical Studies’ PMLA 121.2 (March 2006)
Projects we looked at (These are two digital archiving projects, the Modernist Journals Project and Modernist Magazines project, that we looked at in class. Links are below):
Modernist Journals Project: https://modjourn.org/
Modernist Magazines project: http://www.modernistmagazines.com/
Three different example magazines will be in the attached (just to have an idea).
And the lecture’s PPT (might be useful to get ideas and quotations from, in the attached as well)
Word Count: 4000 words. The word count includes all quotations, parenthetical references and notes, but it does not include the bibliography. The work may be 10% longer or shorter than the stipulated word count; that is, between 3600 and 4400 words is permissible.
Final Deadline: Thursday 05 May 2022, at 13:00 (1pm)
Your aim in this assessment is to write an essay that responds to your chosen Essay Question.
There is no minimum number of texts from the materials took related to your essay question that you must draw on for this assessment. You will need to research your essay thoroughly in order to produce a well informed response, but you do not have to draw on texts we have discussed in class. There are no ‘extra marks’ for using or not using texts we have covered.
You will be marked and receive feedback on:
Your ability to produce an essay that constitutes a sustained, relevant response to the question
Your ability to undertake and incorporate independent research into your chosen topic
Your ability to structure your essay effectively, including an appropriate introduction and a conclusion that arises from the material presented
Your ability to organise and synthesise your materials to produce a discussion that progresses logically throughout the essay
Your ability to construct and sustain an argument based on evidence and reasoned judgement throughout your essay
Your academic writing skills (grammar, spelling, vocabulary, academic register and tone)
Your analysis and integration of a range of relevant materials
Your familiarity with and ability to draw on relevant theoretical perspectives and critical debates
Your use of the scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography
Advice for the final essay
Use as many (or as few) texts from the module’s essential and further reading lists as you like; there is no minimum number of texts from the module’s reading lists that you must draw on. You can draw on non-scholarly sources (e.g., blog posts, comment pieces, podcasts, videos, news items, etc.), but you need to show you’ve engaged with more complex and extensive critical/theoretical texts too so should not rely entirely on these. You can also discuss the same critical text you discussed in Assessment 1 again here, but do not directly replicate material between your assessments (this constitutes self-plagiarism). There is no ‘ideal’ number of materials that should appear in the bibliography; you should keep researching until you feel confident that you can write an informed response to the topic.
Aim to make an argument throughout your essay in response to one of the questions. A common reason that students lose marks is that their essay does not answer the question clearly, but instead discusses various possible arguments that might be made about the topic, without adjudicating between them. It’s fine to discuss different possible points of view on a topic, but your aim is to decide which is the most persuasive and convince your reader of the same.
Aim to engage with quotations you provide. This means, for example, discussing a quotation to show how it relates to your argument. Don’t expect quotations to explain themselves or their relevance to your analysis to be obvious to the reader.
Write as clearly and carefully as you can, in a formal academic style and tone.
Reference all your materials properly and provide a bibliography.
Aim to structure the writing so that each point is developed clearly and fully before moving on, and that points follow logically on from one another. Consider using signposting and linking phrases to make clear to your reader how your points relate to each other, and how they fit into the essay as a whole.
Plan and structure carefully because it’s easy to digress, lose focus or repeat yourself over the course of 4,000 words.
Write a clear introduction and conclusion. The introduction needs to say what the essay will focus on and what it will argue, and give the reader a sense of the essay’s structure. Vague introductions make it hard to follow your line of thought. The conclusion should restate the central claims and remind the reader of your reasoning for them. Looking at the structure of academic articles will help you understand the important function of introductions and conclusions.
In order to get a 70%+ Distinction, you will need to have:
A clear focus on the essay question throughout, with a clear indication of definitions and the direction of the argument
A clear and original argument, well expressed and emerging logically from the material discussed
A discussion that is effectively organised and proceeds logically, including an appropriate introduction and conclusion
All claims supported by appropriate evidence
Theoretical perspectives are clearly understood, and skilfully and critically deployed
Materials introduced are relevant, clearly discussed and well integrated; engagement with rather than dependence on materials introduced
Analysis demonstrates rigorous critical judgement and independent thinking
Reading beyond the module’s essential outline demonstrating breadth and range in independent research
Fluently written in an appropriate academic tone and register throughout
Extensive vocabulary and excellent command of spelling, punctuation and grammar
All sources are properly referenced with a complete and properly formatted bibliography What is the value of the ‘little magazine’ today? What is the value of the ‘little magazine’ today?
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