A Few Sample Proposals

Some of you had asked about seeing sample proposals responding to calls for papers.

Here are some for papers on Edith Wharton that were accepted and will be given at MLA 2016: https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/mla-2016-ews-panel-and-abstracts/

These and the panel proposals that you can see at https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/ and elsewhere have the characteristics of proposals that we talked about in class:

  • Briefly identify the critical context for your proposed paper: the controversies or arguments surrounding it, the critics who’ve addressed it, etc.
  • As part of this context, you may want to address the theme or topic of the panel or conference.
  • Explain how your paper will address some issue raised in this critical conversation.
  • Provide enough of your argument to show the direction that the paper will take.
  • Indicate the conclusions you will probably draw.
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