before we begin discussing the readings at hand.
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position papers consist of 60 to 75
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- ...prior to the date due as indicated on the course schedule.
position papers don't fiddle-faddle with
general introductions or
- ...but rather get rather quickly to the point, which is
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- ...a contention - or interpretive position - about the reading
or topic in question,
- ...and can be thought of as your position on what
you take to be the text's position (your opinion as to what the text's
position papers don't summarize what's
in the text (assume your reader knows the text
well), and be sure to
- ...use textual evidence to support your contention or position.
a good rule of thumb
- ...for knowing if you
have a remarkable position:
ask yourself, "Might others be capable of disagreeing with me?" If not,
then consider that your "position" is truistic or obvious or too agreeable.
(In other words, a good position paper is one someone could
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