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ENG 198: Chung

Research guide for Prof. Chung's ENG 198 class


Welcome to the University of Dayton Libraries' guide to ENG 198 with Professor Chung. Click on the tabs to explore the many resources available to support the research requirements for this course.


Understand the Assignments

Argument Analysis

Using a scholarly article on your research topic (your chosen fairy tale), write a paper that examines an academic argument and evaluate the strength of the argument considering several elements of argument including author credibility, audience appeals, and supporting evidence.

Source Location: course textbook or your research

Annotated Bibliography

Find 5 academic/professional sources related to your research topic (your chosen fairy tale) and write an annotated bibliography which examines the credibility and relevance of the sources.

Sources Location: textbook or databases accessible through the UD library website.

Researched Argument

Write a paper that makes an argument about the historical/cultural significance of your chosen fairy tale. Examine how the enduring presence of the fairy tale in our culture (movies, TV, advertisement, song, art, painting, theme park, etc.) reveals diverse perspectives on social inequalities including gender, race, class, and sexuality.

  • What makes fairy tale important to our history/culture?
  • How does the use of the fairy tale in popular culture bring out societal issues of gender, race, class, and/or sexuality?

Options 1: Compare your chosen fairy tale with a modern adaptation of it. Your adaptation can be a film, book, song, painting etc. Analyze how the adaptation interprets and challenges the classic fairy tale. What aspects of the classic fairy tale are retained, altered, and/or questioned? What do such decisions to retain, alter, and/or question mean regarding the issue of social inequalities?

Option 2: Compare two or more adaptations/appropriations of the fairy tale based on the perspectives and views they express, how they address or deal with common themes, represent characters, construct narratives, and address the issue of social inequalities. You need to analyze the adaptations/appropriations to investigate the historical and cultural layers of meaning and thematic similarities and differences. Focus on a character, theme, motif, imagery, sensibility, etc. in determining the major point of comparison.

Resources to include:

  • Evidence from the artifacts
  • Historical and cultural contexts of the fairy tale
  • Theoretical article(s) 
  • Professional and/or scholarly readings 

Sources Location: textbook or databases accessible through the UD library website.

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