I would like you to write about 6–8 pages this semester, split between a paper on Faust and a paper on Goethe's approach to science. Since we have spent about 2/3 of the semester on Faust, it would be reasonable to do about that much on Faust
and about the rest on science. However, if you are more interested in
science than in Faust, then you can do the longer paper on
science. These lengths are all rough guidelines, but I would like
you to devote some effort to both topics.
I will grade your papers on originality, the cogency of your
arguments, and organization. Needless to say, grammar and
spelling should be correct. I will be happy to look at outlines
or rough drafts, if you want, before you hand in your papers. You
may use MLA, APA, or any other standard style of citation, so long as
you use it consistently.
You are welcome to send your essays by email (preferred), or give me hardcopy.
I encourage you to come up with your own idea for your Faust essay, but check with me
so I can approve it. You can also address several different
topics, so long as you don't do so many that they individually shrink
to insiginificance! You are also welcome to chose one of the
You do not have to use any other resources besides Faust, but of
course you are welcome to do so. Aside from material you may find
in the library or on the Internet, keep in mind that your text contains
a number of critical essays that might be interesting or useful.
Your Faust essay will be due the last day of class (April 27).
This assignment will be due May 5. More information will come soon.