The essay should be 30-40 pages long, not including notes, bibliography and other apparatus. The text should be double spaced and typeface should be set in a readable, 12 point font like Times New Roman. Margins should be 1" all around. Essays should conform to the guidelines for style and format in The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
The final draft of the essay should also include these elements:
1. Title Page
- Title (Ex.: "Obscure Desires in 19th Century Novels")
- for (name, adviser)
- Department of English
- At the bottom of the title page: a short paragraph, or precis, 100 words, summarizing the essay.
2. Body of Essay