Directions for Major Project Proposal and Final

Hist 3341 & Engl 3330; fall 2003

Representing Women's Education and Work in the Nineteenth Century

Note: While each group is required to turn in a proposal, it will not be given a formal grade. The group will be given comments/suggestions as to how the proposal might be strengthened.

Please set up your proposal to address the following elements in the order given.

  1. List a tentative title for your collection of images as they will appear on the introductory webpage for your sequence.

  2. Attach copies of 3 to 4 (and no more than 5) images you plan to interpret in your collection of WebPages. Provide a title you will use for each image as it will appear on the website. Number the images in the order in which they will appear on the website. (See samples on "Women's Work" website /)

  3. Provide a brief summary of your major theme or the basic, overarching argument you plan to make about your collection of images, with an explanation of how you see the images as relating to each other.

  4. Using MLA format, provide a list of primary and secondary sources you will use for writing about the images' cultural context and for a supplemental bibliography. (You should include at least one source studied in class, and at least one not studied in class. You should have a total of at least 3 sources and preferably 4 for the proposal; these should include both primary literary/historical texts and secondary historical texts).

  5. So that the instructors can try to offer some helpful guidance, describe key questions or challenges you associate with your work for the project.

    Directions for Submitting Your Final Major Project

    1. You must hand in a paper copy and a disk version of your work. One part of your paper submission should be a map/diagram showing how the various WebPages sequence together and naming all your files on your disk to conform with your map.

    2. Introductory page for each image you are treating should have these items: website title, tile for that image's set of material, image, and correct citation for your image.

    3. Cultural context discussion/materials for each image should be in word for windows, named to match clearly with particular images from your collection. For your total collection of images, you should draw from at least 4 different sources for cultural context. A good bit of this discussion--perhaps most of it--should be in your own words, summarizing and synthesizing from your study of the topic. Somewhere in the cultural context materials for the collection, you should incorporate a reference to or discussion of at least two secondary historical sources. In addition, one or more pieces you use for your cultural context should be drawn from primary literary or historical materials.

      Think creatively about what to include in your cultural context section-e.g., how to take advantage of hypertext links (e.g., other websites, documents, sections from your image), how to synthesize material from a variety of sources, how to prepare users to answer your interpretive questions.

      Note: For your primary material, you could use a complete copy or an excerpt of a parallel reading that can be provided because its copyright has expired. You could also use a link to a primary document on another website.

      Overall, when working on your cultural context materials, be sure to adhere to copyright regulations. Do not quote more than one paragraph from a source that is "in" copyright.

    4. For Interpretive questions, you should have 3-5 questions for each image. Name your word for windows files to match clearly with their respective images. Your questions should encourage users of the website to think critically about what the purpose of the image would have been--the argument it made, the audience it might have addressed--and how elements within the image contributed to that argument. Questions should also connect the image with the cultural context material you have provided. Use one or more questions to ask your audience to read specific details within the image critically. You MIGHT use a question to invite comparison/contrast with another image in your collection.

    5. Create a bibliography for the entire collection of images you used in the cultural--one citation per image in MLA format. Create a separate "works cited" for all the sources you drew upon for your cultural context section.