Paper I description

21 Sep

Attached, and pasted below, is a re-statement of the topic. Also included are a few tips on style, and reminders of basic points to cover, in terms of the architecture of your argument.

* Note: because the cooking class will likely have to shift to Oct 5, you can turn in your paper Oct 5, if you like. However, I will start taking them on Sept 30, for those who want to stay as-is. I will grade them as they come in, and will return those submitted on Sept 30 on Oct 5. I will know in the next day or so, at which point I will change the syllabus & re-post it.

Paper I description


Paper I hard copy due in class Oct 5 (* see note above)

This is simply an expansion of your blog entry, with more evidence, and a more formal architecture.

In 5 pages, answer one of the following.

  1. What is Fukuoka’s critique of a “foodie”?  Either in the Meiji era, or now.
  2. Why should we think the “foodie” in the Meiji era is significant?

Be sure to establish/summarize/argue what the criteria for evaluating are. For example, what are the criteria of “nature” or “non-distinction” established by Fukuoka Masanobu, or “taste,” as suggested by one of the writers on “distinction.”


1.  To read, locate, then paraphrase a concept (such as natural, foodie, etc) as a main building block of your argument;
2.  To select evidence that illustrates the concept and shows a familiarity with the material. To use citations and excerpts (the proper name for what some people call “quotes”) from the texts fluidly–introducing the passages/citations in a context, and then following them up with interpretation;
3.  To trace a line of argument whose logic is apparent to your reader.
a.  Note: an “argument” is a claim you are making–you need not be actually antagonistic to anyone.
b.  Note: transitions in that flow of argument that are sequences, not conceptual links. should be avoided. Transitions like “another thing about Fukuoka is…” and “Also, Fukuoka is important because…” are weak. They are connected by the “gravity” of your reader’s movement through the words, and not by a concrete connection forged by your writing.

Some technical rules for your paper:

1.     The length should not be more than 10% +/- the assigned length, including footnotes or endnotes; the works cited list is counted separately; similarly, the intro & conclusion should not be more than about half a page.

2.     The paper should have a title of its own that relates clearly or evocatively to your argument; a cover sheet is not necessary; pages should be numbered;

3.     The paper should be documented–that means that you put page numbers in the body of the paper when you are quoting, and you have a list of works cited. Example: The narrator of Tanizaki’s “The Gourmet Club” characterizes Count G by his “sharp wit, wild imagination,” and sturdy stomach (103). Note that you don’t have to include ALL of a line or passage in a quote–you can cut short, paraphrase or condense. If you’re broadly summarizing, page #s are not necessary. * For literature the method outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style is preferred ( (Endnote is also VERY good for this! If your major is not in the Humanities, the reference style you’re most likely to use comfortably is fine–as long as it is consistent.



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