Instructions: Restoration Novel and Drama Project This assignment will not be du

Restoration Novel and Drama Project
This assignment will not be due until Week 16 of the term in December, but I want you to choose a text to read and write on now so you have the entire semester to read it and conduct research on the literary significance of the work.
1. You will choose a novel or play to read from the Restoration period or 18th  century.  I have a list of texts to choose from at the end of the assignment description.
2. Write a report discussing the following:
* A brief biography of the author in the first paragraph.
* A summary of the novel or play in one to two paragraphs.  The summary should cover key details so the reader has a good understanding of the plot without having read the novel or play.
* A discussion of the significance of this literary work. Here you should consider its contributions to English literature, any innovations in genre or literary style, how it reflects the Restoration period (or 18th century) and key features of its genre, the major themes of the work, and the writer’s use of significant literary devices, such as figurative language and characterization. This section of the report should be about 3-4 pages long to fully develop the discussion.
* Select several passages from the novel or play that illustrates its significance. Explain how the passages illustrate the work’s significance.  You may want to integrate supporting passages into your discussion of significance or discuss them after you establish significance.
* Document sources with in-text citations and a Works Cited page using MLA format (eight edition).  Let me know if you need a handout on MLA documentation. This should include the primary text (the novel or play) and any sources you consulted to construct the biography and literary significance. Note: If you are using factual information that is found in multiple sources, this constitutes common knowledge, and you do not need to document your source with an in-text citation.  For example, biographical details of an author’s life would constitute common knowledge. If one or more of your sources just mentions common knowledge, you should list that source under Works Consulted instead of Works Cited.  Information that evaluates the literary work’s significance would be something you would need to document because it would not be considered factual information that constitutes common knowledge. If you are unsure, err on the side of caution and provide an in-text citation.
Book that it will be on: Oliver Goldsmith: The Vicar of Wakefield

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