THE SCHOLARLY ARTICLE
Week I: Outline of the course. The article as a "fixed form" like a sonnet or sonata. The gold standard of our field. Mastering the form is a matter of craftsmanship. Elements of the form. My experience as reviewer of articles for more than 30 years. (And also I've written a few.)
II: The critical problem and the thesis. What question are you addressing? What is your answer to this question? Does the thesis outline the argument of the article?
III: Rhetorical effects of the title. Epigraphs. The introduction. Its various functions. "Well begun is half done."
IV: The body of the article: presenting evidence. Developing an argument with individual segments.
V: Scholarly prose. [This could be a workshop in itself.] Finding a "voice."
VI: Savvy use of citation. How to quote, paraphrase, and integrate other critics into your argument.
VII: Signposting. How NOT to do it. Or how to do it less obtrusively.
VIII: The publishing process. Journals. Addressing the "revise and resubmit."