Beauty Assignment #1: Primary Source Argument

Write an essay in which you make an argument about Edmund Burke’s definition of beauty. You should identify key passages and terms that you think are central to Burke’s definition and make an argument about how they work together to construct Burke’s conception.

Audience: Those interested in Edmund Burke’s theories of beauty

Format: 1000 words (2-3 pages); MLA style

Advice: Having studied and closely read some of Burke’s writing you should be quite familiar with his characterization of beauty. Your aim should be to “own” Burke’s definition of beauty—to know it so well that you may as well have written it yourself. Think carefully about how you will structure your essay. What is the most important aspect of Burke’s definition? The answer to that question will be the central point around which you build your argument.

FOR INSTRUCTORS ONLY

Type: Analyze a single primary source to support an arguable thesis.

Pre-Draft Activities:

  1. Excerpts from Burke’s Enquiry will be read together and discussed several times to prepare students for this assignment. Students will be required to summarize Burke’s definition of beauty in their own words before embarking on their first draft.
  2. Paper outline with feedback from instructor
  3. Thesis group/class work
  4. First draft and final draft cover letters to classmate and instructor, respectively

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