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ERH206WX American Literary Traditions


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From Maj. Wise:

Here are a few other tenets of this assignment:

  1. Page/Word Length: minimum 1750 words
  2. Number of Sources: 3-7 secondary sources (a minimum of 1 primary source, which we've read in class)
  3. Citation Style: MLA formatting
  4. Due Date: December 9
  5. Sources should be: scholarly / literary.  Scholarly articles and/or books are fine.  They are not required to get said articles from books.
  6. Sources should not be:  Commercial websites, forums, encyclopedias, etc. are not great for this type of paper. 


For your second essay, you will write a research-informed thesis-driven paper on any text from the syllabus.  This means you will find published scholarly secondary texts that discuss your chosen primary text.  Keep in mind that a secondary source does not need to agree with your opinion in order to be useful.  Your goal should be to synthesize scholarly texts while maintaining your own original opinion.  You are not merely attempting to compare and contrast secondary texts, nor should you simply agree or disagree with an opinion you find; rather, you should familiarize yourself with the discussion surrounding your chosen text.  You will refer closely to your primary and secondary sources, quoting often.A couple decent examples of topics are as follows:

1) 'In "the Ethics of Living in Jim Crow", Wright not only shows what it was like to live as an African American during this time but shows the difference of upper world of the white community and the lower world of the black community and the creation of a subhuman culture between the two.'

2) 'By using Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire as a metaphor for the Old South, Tennessee Williams portrays the struggle of a neglected area of America to adapt to a quickly changing social and economic climate in the 1940s.'