1. 2-3 pages, determined topic by yourself. (based on “Five Women Who Loved Love”) 2. One effective method is to choose one theme or issue and use it as a point of comparison between texts, or between different chapters or sections of a longer text. In any case, your paper needs to be built around an argument that is worth making. This argument should not be so obvious that there is no need to go about supporting it. (I.e., if your argument can be paraphrased by saying “these two texts are the same, except for where they are different,” or “Genji appears to be attracted to women said to resemble his mother,” you need a new argument.) 3. Please note that when writing about films or works of literature the convention is to use, in most cases, the “historical present” to describe their content and to use some form of past tense when describing the historical framework in which they were produced or are set. 5. Generally, Use the following structure, with which most of you are probably already familiar: Introduction, which should include a thesis statement (i.e., a succinct statement of your main argument, preferably in your first paragraph). Evidence for your thesis (the bulk of the paper). Conclusion (to some extent a restatement of the points introduced in the introduction).