RSSS 315: Werewolves and Vampires: Slavic Folklore in Our Culture
Essay #3 Guidelines – Spring 2021
Due date: upload to D2L Assignments
no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 2.
The purpose of this paper is to analyze three werewolves in Module 8: Anna of Tanith Lee’s “Wolfland”; Will Randall in the film Wolf; and the boy Robin in Torill Thorstad Hauger’s Varulven og Iselin, highlighted in the article “The Reinvention of Lycanthropy in Modern Fantasy Literature,” by Weronika Laskiewicz. (Note that, for this last werewolf, Robin, you need only read the article; it provides a solid synopsis of Robin and his plight.)
In your analysis, include as many of Perkowski’s 10 points as you deem pertinent to your exploration of these werewolves (at least five per werewolf). Also consider the idea of “embracing the gift”—how does each embrace the gift of the wolf? Which elements of their humanity do they lose in so doing? Which elements of the wolf do they find empowering? How do their lupine ways affect those around them? Are they better as werewolves, or as humans?
In a very brief conclusion, rank the three in order of most human to most lupine; briefly defend your ranking.
The minimum word-count for this assignment is 500 words; the maximum word-count is 650 words.
Ideally, you will structure your paper as follows.
You may deviate from this structure, but the majority of the paper should draw connections between the course materials. You do not have a lot of space, so get straight to the point.
You may ONLY use the readings from this Module in your essay.
You should NOT summarize the texts or worry about re-telling ideas or a plot (if discussing a narrative); assume the reader is familiar with the texts referenced. No more than 50 words may be devoted to plot synopsis. React and respond to the materials, making connections that will lead to analysis. Any personal opinions included in the essay should be based on thoughtful analysis of the topic and the materials themselves.
Criteria for Formatting and Submission
Your analysis should include the following:
All papers will be reviewed using Turnitin.com (via D2L) and assessed according to the rubric below.
Violations of UA Code of Academic Conduct
All papers are checked via Turnitin.com for plagiarism. A reminder that students are expected to adhere to the UA Code of Academic Integrity as described in the UA General Catalog.
Submission of plagiarized work will result in an automatic zero on the assignment. If you are suspected of plagiarism, you will be asked to meet with the course instructor, per UA guidelines. Your instructor will follow UA guidelines as outlined: https://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/student-rights-responsibilities/reporting-violation
Review the rubric below for elements the graders will be looking for (this is the same as for other essays this semester). Do note that this is the last essay of the semester. You may use a life ticket on this essay only if you have not yet claimed a life ticket. Any students claiming a life ticket will have to submit the essay by 72 hours after the original deadline, i.e., by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5. No exceptions here—May 5 is the last day of regular classes in Spring 2021.
RSSS 315: Essay Rubric
|Content (40 pts)
|Not at all
|Fulfills formatting & submission requirements, including word count (automatic -5 if no wordcount included)|
|The paper contains clear thesis; supports general statements with concrete details from the text in order to support the thesis of the paper|
|The paper provides sufficient evidence from the text to support the thesis of the paper|
|The paper discusses main points without repetition or plot-summary.|
|Structure (30 pts)
|Not at all
|The introduction is present.|
|The introduction contains a clearly stated thesis.|
|The introduction indicates in some manner how the paper is organized.|
|The paper is logically organized; thought follows naturally on thought.|
|Each paragraph includes a topic sentence.|
|Each paragraph develops one main idea.|
|Each paragraph transitions well to the next paragraph.|
|The conclusion is present.|
|The conclusion synthesizes the thesis statement and the essay’s main points.|
|The conclusion presents a final take-away from the essay of the writer’s position.|
|Stylistics (30 pts)
| Not at all
|The paper is clear and concise and avoids using vague pronouns or phrases like “this is…” or “it shows…”|
|The paper avoids excessive wordiness, run-on sentences, and inappropriate language.|
|The paper keeps a scholarly distance (limits usage of “I” statements and first-person).|
|The paper avoids relying on passive voice (“is”, “was”, etc.) as much as possible.|
|The paper varies sentence structure, phrasing, and word choice.|
|The paper is free of spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, and uses correct punctuation.|
|The paper is free of incomplete sentences.|
|The paper is free of slang, clichés, and contractions (“don’t”, “couldn’t”, etc.).|
|The paper introduces any quotes from texts or films in a clear manner.|
|Proper citation of source texts (puts stories and tales in quotation marks, films and novels in italics).|
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