This week, you have to submit a Thesis Experiment of the Final Research Paper.

In the past few weeks, you have considered the visual property, as well as the cultural and historical aspects, of the Taj Mahal. This week, you have to submit a Thesis Experiment of the Final Research Paper. After considering the visual, cultural, and historical aspects of the Taj Mahal, what original claim can you make? In other words, you have to formulate an argument derived from the visual, cultural, and historical aspects of the Taj Mahal. This Thesis Experiment, as well as the Final Research Paper, emphasizes your own interpretation based on serious research—an original and objective judgement of a work of art synthesizing and crystalizing all the information you gathered from the visual property of Taj Mahal, the reading accompanying, and what you have learnt thus far in this class. Please remember, a thesis statement is required, this is what you will be arguing in your Final Paper. Summarizing your argument – a compelling argument – in such a limited space is not easy. But this is precisely the challenge. Clearly state the thesis of your final paper and outline the evidence that support your thesis. – When outlining your ideas, you must discuss existing scholarship by selecting relevant information from the recommended journal articles or readings. You are advised to relate a work of art to existing scholarship. For example, you can use a piece of art to challenge or corroborate the ideas in a piece or pieces of reading. You can also use the ideas put forward in the reading to illuminate a piece or pieces of artwork. At least one piece of reading must be taken from course materials. **recommended journal articles ARE ATTACHED**

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