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Schedule of Assignments and Readings
The current schedule of assignments and readings is reproduced below. The instructor reserves the right to amend this list as necessary by adding, substituting, or removing readings, assignments, conferences, and other course materials.

Unless instructed otherwise, each week’s readings and assignments are required to be completed before the start of class on Tuesday.

Week 1 (27 & 30 August)
Reading Due
– Booth et al., The Craft of Research, pp. xi-26. (due on Friday)
In Class
– Welcome to ENG 4523: Syllabus and Class Overview
– Discourse Communities
– Basics of Academic Articles
– Peer Review Process
– Articles, Edited Volumes, and Books

Week 2 (3 & 6 September)
Assignment Due
– Reading Response 1
Reading Due
– Allen, “The Image of Arthur and the Idea of King.”
– Booth et al., The Craft of Research, pp. 27-64.
In Class
– Introduction to Project 1
– Developing Research Questions
– Creating a Research Plan
– Abstracts and Arguments
– Identifying Structure and Support

Week 3 (10 & 13 September)
Assignment Due
Project 1 Draft
– Reading Response 2
Reading Due
– Lexton, “Kingship in Malory’s Morte Darthur.”
– Booth et al., The Craft of Research, pp. 65-104.
In Class
– Project 1 Draft Workshop
– Research Experiences and Questions
– Library Research Methods and Process
– Understanding a Call for Papers (CFP)
– Key Differences: Conference Papers, Articles, and Book Chapters

Week 4 (17 & 20 September)
Assignment Due
– Reading Response 3
Reading Due
– Tiller, “En-graving Chivalry: Tombs, Burial, and the Ideology of Knighthood in Malory’s Tale of King Arthur.”
– Booth et al., The Craft of Research, pp. 105-140.
In Class
– Developing the Writing Process
– Online Research Methods and Process
– Evaluating Scholarly Quality
– Academic Conversation and Discourse

Week 5 (24 September)
E-CONFERENCES: NO CLASS MEETING 27 SEPTEMBER
Assignment Due
Project 1 Final Version
– Reading Response 4
Reading Due
– Robeson, “Noble Knights and ‘Mischievous War’: The Rhetoric of War in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur.”
– Booth et al., The Craft of Research, pp. 141-172.
In Class
– Introduction to Project 2
– Addressing Research Challenges
– Multiple Research Methodologies
– Effective Scholarship Processes and Tips

Week 6 (1 & 4 October)
Assignment Due
Project 2 Draft
– Reading Response 5
Reading Due
– Radulescu, “Malory and Fifteenth-Century Political Ideas.”
– Booth et al., The Craft of Research, pp. 173-199.
In Class
– Project 2 Draft Workshop
– Mapping the Field
– Learning the Essentials of a Discourse Community
– Identifying Current Discourse

Week 7 (8 October)
AUTUMN HOLIDAY: NO CLASS MEETING 11 OCTOBER
Assignment Due
– Reading Response 6
Reading Due
– Moore, “Tennyson, Malory, and the Ossianic Mode: The Poems of Ossian and ‘The Death of Arthur’.”
– Booth et al., The Craft of Research, pp. 200-231.
In Class
– Information Visualisation
– Conference Participation as Author or Audience
– Critically Engaging with Arguments

Week 8 (15 & 18 October)
* Extra Credit: “King Lear and the Disintegration of the World.”
Presented by Dr. Seán Farrell Moran.
19:00 on 15 October in Oakland Centre Banquet Room A at Oakland University.

Assignment Due
Project 2 Final Version
– Reading Response 7
Reading Due
– Phillips, “‘Charades from the Middle Ages’? Tennyson’s Idylls of the King and the Chivalric Code.”
– Booth et al., The Craft of Research, pp. 232-280.
In Class
– Introduction to Project 3
– Effective Revision Strategies: Cuts and Additions
– The Reader-Response Process in Publication

Week 9 (22 October)
RESEARCH DAY 1: NO CLASS MEETING 25 OCTOBER
Assignment Due
Project 3 Draft
– Reading Response 8
Reading Due
– Hillman, “A Nightmare of Disorder: Arthurian Civilization and Its Discontents in Tennyson’s Idyll ‘Balin and Balan’.”
In Class
– Project 3 Draft Workshop
– Mining the Footnotes
– Creating a Web of Texts
– Identifying a Problem, Finding a Niche, and Addressing a Lack

Week 10 (29 October & 1 November)
Assignment Due
– Reading Response 9
Reading Due
– Mallen, “The ‘Crowned Republic’ of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King.”
In Class
– Standards of Evidence: Data vs. Anecdata
– Equanimous Support: Avoiding Cherry-Picking
– Answering or Conceding Counterarguments
– Objective Research and the Search for Truth

Week 11 (5 November)
RESEARCH DAY 2: NO CLASS MEETING 8 NOVEMBER
Assignment Due
Project 3 Final Version
– Reading Response 10
Reading Due
– Jackson, “The Once and Future Sword: Excalibur and the Poetics of Imperial Heroism in Idylls of the King.”
In Class
– Introduction to Project 4
– Multidisciplinary Approaches Support
– Cross-disciplinary Alternatives
– Using Multimodal Evidence in Traditional Scholarship

Week 12 (12 & 15 November)
Assignment Due
Project 4 Proposal
In Class
– Project 4 Proposal Workshop
– Multi-author Composition
– Engaging with Critical Approaches and Lenses
– Understanding Sub-Fields within a Discourse Community

Week 13 (19 & 22 November)
Assignment Due
Project 4 Draft 1
In Class
– Project 4 Draft 1 Workshop
– Developing a Personal Research Approach
– Identifying a Niche and a Research Agenda
– Anticipating Writing Challenges and Setbacks
– Research and Publication Question-and-Answer Session

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY: NO CLASSES 25-29 NOVEMBER

Week 14 (3 December)
CAPSTONE CONFERENCE: NO CLASS MEETING 6 DECEMBER
Assignment Due
Project 4 Draft 2
In Class
– Project 4 Draft 2 Workshop
– Modes of Delivery of a Research Project
– The ‘Reader 2’ Phenomenon
– Answering Challenges to Professional Decorum
– Adding or Removing Research
– Developing Research Arguments with Support
– Stylistic Considerations

Week 15 (10 & 13 December)
Assignment Due
Project 4 Final Version (due on Friday)
Reading Due
In Class
– Project 4 Proofing Workshop
– Using Research in the Community
– Developing Professional Scholarship
– End-of-Term Business

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