The final essay of the semester will be a 3 page paper asking students to relate a societal issue and its representation in works from 2 distinct periods studied in this survey course. They will be asked to compare/contrast the development of the theme with specific textual references and concrete information about the social-political context of the periods chosen. The papers will be collected and evaluated by the course instructor, Dr. Margaret A. Ballantyne, and Dr. Franklin Gutiérrez.