HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE Department of English English 1302 Professor Schweitzer Composition II Distance Education Assignment #9: Proposed Outline Due: By midnight on the date indicated on the syllabus, uploaded as an attachment to Eagle Online. No late assignments will be accepted. Specifications: Assignment must be typed, with one-inch margins, using a 12 pt. serif font such as Times New Roman. See the next page, a model outline, for a more concrete sense of what the document should look like. Assignment can only be in one of the following three formats: .doc, .odt, or .rtf. Instructions: Write an Outline for the Literary Research Essay, which will be due on April 6. The outline must include a one to two sentence thesis argument that will be in the introduction. Sally Muchinfuch Composition II Professor Schweitzer January 19, 2013 Literary Research Essay Outline Title: “Public Good and Private Mischief: Daniel Defoe’s Journal of Three Nations in A Journal of the Plague Year” I. Introduction. (1 paragraph) A. Introduction to the text, author, and thesis 1. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (1723) 2. Thesis Argument: While most critics contend that Defoe’s Journal reveals the author’s sympathy for the working classes and their plight during the plague; instead, the text really reveals that Defoe (through his narrator H. F.) is eager to promote the middle class at the expense of both the working classes and the aristocracy. His attitude toward the working classes is not, therefore, sympathetic but rather paternalistic and judgmental. II. Critical Survey. (1 paragraph) A. Establish the critical consensus about Defoe’s Journal, focusing on critics who believe that Defoe shows sympathy and fraternity with the working classes throughout the journal. 1. Here I might want to name some critics with which I am going to disagree. B. Discuss one critic who agrees that Defoe is not that sympathetic to working classes throughout his body of works in general. 1. Irwin Ehrenpreis III. Criticism of the Working Classes. (2 paragraphs) A. Throughout the Journal, H. F. criticizes the moral degeneracy of the working classes. 1. I may wish to list some of these incidences of moral criticism. B. His emphasis on the need to supervise the working classes for their own protection. 1. Examples. IV. Criticism of the Aristocracy. (2 paragraphs) A. Topic of first paragraph 1. Perhaps specific examples B. Topic of second paragraph 1. Perhaps specific examples IV. Praise for the Middle Classes. (2 paragraphs) A. Topic of first paragraph 1. Perhaps specific examples B. Topic of second paragraph 1. Perhaps specific examples V. Conclusion. (1 paragraph) A. Research summed up / resulting thesis 1. I may wish to type here the ideas I want to make sure to emphasize and why the argument matters. Note: for your “Outline” assignment, you need only get to the level of A, B, etc. and not to the numerical level. However, for your own use, it might be helpful to be as specific as possible.