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"Write one 900-word research paper on a topic of your choice that is related to material we have read for the course. For example, you might wish to explore the historical context of deprivation behind Zamyatin’s “The Cave,” examine the role of the intellectual in Babel’s short stories, or consider the émigré experience in Nabokov’s “The Visit to the Museum.” Select a topic that interests you and that will be informed by outside research, whether literary scholarship or interdisciplinary research into the historical or cultural context of the story. In your interpretation of one or more short stories, you should develop a coherent argument that incorporates close reading and relevant outside scholarship from reputable sources. In a clearly written essay, advance an argument based on your own careful interpretation of the work or works you have chosen and further informed by your research findings. In your introduction, be sure to articulate a clear thesis that advances an argument about your interpretation of these works. In the body of your analysis, be sure to offer evidence to persuade your reader of the validity of your claims. Cite at least two scholarly works, including at least one that is not included among required or recommended materials for the course. End your essay with a fitting conclusion. Observe all principles of academic honesty and cite your sources according to a consistent bibliographic method."