English 341 Style Sheet

     Students should know that every academic discipline requires  writers to conform to certain standards of visual  presentation or "format."  Most disciplines' formats differ from  one another, but all are important to readers.  Because this course is taught in the English Department, papers should conform to the MLA Stylesheet, a summary of which is presented  below. For full instructions, see the  MLA Handbook for Writers of  Research Papers (3rd edition, 1988 or later), a copy of which is available at the Writing Center or at the library.  ("MLA" stands for the Modern Language Association, a major professional organization in the field of English literature and composition studies.)  These rules help writers share resources with their readers, and advertise the writers’ willingness to have their facts checked.  Both of those functions are essential to the creation of intellectual property. Ask your instructor and Writing Center tutors  for help. 

Overall Paper Format:

     All papers must be typed or computer printed, double-spaced,  with appropriate margins.  Papers should not include separate pages for titles or Works Cited sections, and no blank pages or special binders should be used.  All papers must identify themselves on  the first page by title, author, course and section  number, and date.  All pages must be  numbered.  Each paper must end with an accurate and properly  constructed "Works Cited" section.  All sources quoted, paraphrased, or summarized (including handouts you get in class) must be acknowledged in  parentheses in your text, as in this direct quotation of a claim that "the cost of elective pregnancy termination . . . must be approaching $500 million a year" (Wilson 19).

     Use endnotes only to explain complex indebtedness.  The  course encourages discussion outside of class.  If your paper has  benefited in any important way from the ideas of others,  acknowledge them in an endnote to the first sentence which says  something like this:

 1)  This paper benefited from conversations in Mary Marchand’s English 250 class, especially from Edith Piaf's comments  on poverty and arts funding.  I also thank my Writing Center  tutor, Nancy Atwell, whose conferences helped me define my thesis  about Ginsberg's struggles to write in poverty. 

This note protects its author from violation of the Honor Code,  helping to explain how it might be that Edith's paper contains  similar ideas about poverty and the arts, or that another writer  who talked with Nancy Atwell had a similar thesis about  Ginsberg.  Remember, acknowledged collaboration on a paper is not  plagiarism unless your teacher has told you specifically not to  collaborate (e.g., on a take-home exam, etc.).

Middle English and Other Non-Modern-English Quotations and Titles: 

        Be careful to cite your primary source properly, and to proofread your quotations carefully.  Middle English, because it is a form of English, is not treated typographically as a "foreign language," so it is not set in Italics or underscored as a passage in French or Latin would be set (e.g., "Hic iacet Arthurus, Rex quondam Rexque futurus" [Malory, Vinaver 2nd ed. 1242]).  Use a virgule or "slash" (/) to mark line breaks in quoted poetry if you are setting the verse into your prose text without line breaks.  Cite poems by line numbers, unless they are multi-part works, as in a citation of Chaucer's Troilus, a five-"book" poem, which might look like this (V.120-300) to refer the reader to lines 120 through 300 of book five. 

        As always, major works (multi-part, or just very long, usually published alone as a modern edition) should have their titles Italicized or underscored (e.g., Troilus, Le Morte Darthur [and leave out the "sic" for the pronoun gender error--everybody knows about it], Piers Plowman).  You will find disagreement about some works of medium size and arguably independent significance, like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which is a four-part work that also is one of five works found in the unique MS by the anonymous Gawain- or Pearl-poet, or Chaucer's Knight's Tale, a long, four-part work that always is found as part of the first fragment of the Canterbury Tales.  Sometimes both are set in quotation marks because they are being treated as smaller works in relation to works with which they are related (e.g., "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and "Pearl," or "Knight's Tale" and "Miller's Tale").  You will find variety in referring to Chaucer's great tale-cycle: Canterbury Tales implies the writer is speaking of them as an aesthetic unit and individual tales would be in quotes; Canterbury Tales implies the writer is speaking of them as a generic type of tale Chaucer invented but never as a single, New Critical "poem."

        Titles of persons in medieval England, that is, their proper names, create their own wonderful problems.  Any man who is knighted ordinarily will become known by his title (Sir) and his first name, so Sir Philip Chetwynd, uncle to Sir Thomas Malory, would have been known as "Sir Philip" and never as "Sir Chetwynd," a mistake American students sometimes make but British students (familiar with knights from youth) never make.  Authors, like Sir Thomas, still may be referred to by their last names, using the upper-class British convention of familiarity, as in the statement that "Malory uses few subordinate clauses."  The other titles (earl, duke, baron) work with the lords' and ladies' given and family names  (e.g., Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick).  Only the kings and queens are usually known only by one name and their title in common usage (e.g., Richard, King of England, to his courtiers) but only as a name and number to scholars (e.g., Richard I, or II or III). 

 Common Types of "Works Cited" Citations:

 Book in print format with one author:

 DeLillo, Don.  White Noise.  N.Y.: Penguin, 1986.  Print.

 Book in print format with two or three authors:

 Fornara, Charles W., and Loren J. Samons II.  Athens from  Cleisthenes to Pericles.  Berkeley: U of California P, 1991.  Print.

 Book in print format composed of essays edited by one or more authors: 

Chafe, William H., and Harvard Sitkoff, eds.  A History of Our   Time: Readings on Postwar America.  3rd ed.  N.Y.: Oxford U  P, 1991.  Print.

 Article in a print format magazine or newspaper (note that a translation credit comes after the title of both articles and books):  

Tolstaya, Tatyana.  "In Cannibalistic Times."  Trans. James  Gambrell.  The New York Review of Books  XXXVIIII:7  (April 11, 1991) 3-6.  Print.

 An article published for the first time in a print format collection (e.g., an edition of essays on a theme or author or work): 

Cherewatuk, Karen.  “Sir Thomas Malory’s ‘Grete Booke’.”  In D. Thomas Hanks, Jr. ed., The Social and Literary Contexts of Malory’s Morte Darthur.  42-67.    Print.   [Note that the whole book would have been given a separate citation, unlike the reprint, below.]

 A single article reprinted in a print format collection (e.g., Norton Anthology): 

Tolkien, J.R.R.  "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics" (1936)    Rpt. in R.D. Fulk ed., Interpretations of "Beowulf": A  Critical Anthology.  Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana U P, 1991.  Print.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) definition:

“Psalm.” Def. 1. Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd ed. 1989. 10 Oct. 2006  <http://dictionary.oed.com> Web.

 Internet web page

"Gilman Inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame."  Charlotte Perkins Gilman Newsletter 5.1 (Spring 1995): n. pag. Web. 8 Dec. 1995.  Available https://sites.google.com/site/gilmansociety/newsletter

Blackboard Discussion Forum Posting:

Kimura, Camden.  “love and labrats.”  Posting to English 221 2009 GoucherLearn Course Discussion Forum, Mahria, Camden, Michael and the Davids 11/19/09 2:52 AM  Accessed 1/11/10 12:23 PM.

Email:

Woodson, Amanda Thom.  "First year courses Fall 10."  Email.  1/11/10  9:50 AM.

A Sample "Works Cited" Section--of course, this would be located after the last endnote, or after the last paragraph of text, and not all papers have so many sources as to require "Primary Sources" to be separated from the Secondary Sources--just don't neglect to cite the primaries!:

Works Cited

 Primary Sources 

Augustine.  The "Summa Theologica." Trans. Fathers of the English Dominican Province, 2nd Edition, Rev. (N.Y.: Bensiger, 1922).  Print.

Julian of Norwich.  Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love: The Shorter Version ed. from B.L. Add. MS 37790.  Frances Beer, ed.  Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 1978.  Print.

Malory, Sir Thomas.  The Works of Sir Thomas Malory.  Ed. Eugène Vinaver and P.J.C. Field.  3rd Edition.  3 Vols.  Oxford: Clarendon P, 1990.  Print.

The Prophecy of Merlin (Bodley MS).  [Oxford University, MS Ashmole 59, f. 78r].  Ed. James M. Dean.  Teams Middle English Texts.  Available at http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/teams/merldub.htm  2/12/02 

Wright, Thomas, ed.  Political Poems and Songs Relating to English History Composed During the Period from the Accession of Edw. III to that of Ric. III.  London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1859.  2 Vol.  Print.

Secondary Sources 

Brown, Michelle P.  and James P. Carley.  “A Fifteenth-Century Revision of the Glastonbury Epitaph to King Arthur.”  Arthurian Literature XII.  Ed. James P. Carley and Felicity Riddy.  Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer, 1993. 179-91.  Print.

Carpenter, Christine.  “Sir Thomas Malory and Fifteenth-Century Local Politics.”  Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research  53 (1980)  31-43.  Print.

Cawsey, Kathy.  “Merlin’s Magical Writing: Writing and the Written Word in Le Morte Darthur and the English Prose Merlin.  Arthuriana 11:3 (Fall 2001) 89-101.  Print.

Field, P.J.C.  The Life and Times of Sir Thomas Malory.  Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1993.  Print.

Green, Richard Firth.  A Crisis of Truth: Literature and Law in Ricardian England.  Philadelphia: U Pennsylvania P, 1999.  Print.

Jeremy, Mary.  “Caxton’s Golden Legend and Varagine’s Legenda Aurea.”  Speculum 21:2 (April 1946) 212-21.  10/21/09  http://www.jstor.org/stable/2851318

Kerby-Fulton, Kathryn.  “Prophecy and Suspicion: Closet Radicalism, Reformist Politics, and the Vogue for Hildegardiana in Ricardian England.”  Speculum.  75:2  (April 2000) 318-41.  Print.

Lerer, Seth.  “The Wiles of a Woodcut: Wynkyn de Worde and the Early Tudor Reader.”  The Huntington Library Quarterly 59:4 (1996) 381-403.  10/21/09 http://www.jstor.org/stable/3817694

Malory, Sir Thomas. King Arthur and His Knights: Selected Tales by Sir Thomas Malory.  Ed. Eugene Vinaver.  London: Oxford UP, 1975.  Print. 

--------.  Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, The Seventh and Eighth Tales.  Ed. P.J.C. Field.  N.Y.: Holmes & Meier, 1977.   Print.

--------.  The Winchester Malory: A Facsimile.  Ed. N. R. Ker.  London: EETS, 1976.   Print.

--------.  The Works of Sir Thomas Malory.  Ed. Eugène Vinave.  2nd  Edition.  3 Vols.  Oxford: Clarendon P, 1967.  Print. 

--------.  The Works of Sir Thomas Malory.  Ed. Eugène Vinaver and P.J.C. Field.  3rd Edition.  3 Vols.  Oxford: Clarendon P, 1990.  Print.

Post, J.B.  “Ravishment of Women and the Statutes of Westminster.”  Legal Records and the Historian: Papers presented to the Cambridge Legal History Conference, 7-10 July, 1975 and in Lincoln’s Inn Old Hall on 3 July 1974.  Ed. J.H. Baker.  London: Royal Historical Society, 1978.   Print.