Purpose and Instructions: The literary research paper functions as a capstone project, in that it requires the student’s highest level of writing and critical thinking skills. The student is required to choose a text from the class readings and analyze the text from a variety of perspectives and contexts. The student should draw their own conclusions as to the impact of the topic on literature of the period, as well as the impact of the historical context on the text itself.
A literary research paper is a compilation and interpretation of a text and of critics’ opinions on a specific subject in a literary work. Since the selection of materials is filtered and processed by the writer, the paper reflects the author’s views also; hence, it is both objective and subjective in content. Because the paper expresses the writer’s opinions, s/he must find a topic of interest from a work that s/he has read and examined.
The paper should be 5-7 pages and should be argumentative. The student must take a stance on the text they have chosen and defend it. The paper should include references from the primary text and from at least 5-7 secondary sources. The paper should contain both in-text citations and a works cited page.
Research paper should adhere to MLA conventions throughout
Whitman: â€œSong of Myselfâ€ (C23-65)
Local Color Realism
Twain, â€œThe Notorious Jumping Frogâ€ (C115-19)
Chopin, ” The Awakening ” (C548-576)
James, â€œDaisy Millerâ€ (C410-50)
Chopin, â€œThe Story of an Hourâ€ (C542-544)
Gilman, â€œThe Yellow Wallpaperâ€ and â€œWhy I Wrote TYWPâ€ (C842-57)
Crane, â€œThe Open Boatâ€ (C1048-63)
Washington, Up from Slavery (C701-24)
DuBois, from The Souls of Black Folk (C920-55)
Modernism I: Poetry
Moore, â€œPoetryâ€ (D339-40)
Pound, â€œIn a Station of the Metroâ€ (D297)
Pound, â€œThe River Merchantâ€™s Wifeâ€ (D297-98)
Pound, â€œHugh Selwyn Mauberleyâ€ (D300-308)
Eliot, â€œThe Waste Landâ€ (D365-78)
Modernism II: Fiction
Anderson, â€œWinesburgâ€ & â€œHandsâ€ (D253-57)
Porter, â€œFlowering Judasâ€ (D473-81)
Hemingway, â€œThe Snows of Kilimanjaroâ€ (http://xroads.virginia.edu/~drbr/heming.html (Links to an external site.) )
Fitzgerald, â€œBabylon Revisitedâ€ (D646-61)
Modernism III: Poetry
Cummings â€œCambridge Ladiesâ€ (D611)
Cummings, â€œnext to godâ€¦â€ (D612)
Stevens, â€œSunday Morningâ€ (D273-76)
H.D., â€œLedaâ€ (D333), â€œHelenâ€ (D335)
Williams, â€œThe Red Wheelbarrowâ€ (D288), â€œSpring & Allâ€ (D286)
Frost, â€œMending Wallâ€ (D220-21); â€œStopping By Woodsâ€ (D233-34)
The Political 1930s
Faulkner, â€œBarn Burningâ€ (D771-83)
Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five (E344-55)
Minimalism & Postcolonialism
Carver, â€œCathedralâ€ (E743-54)
“A Good Man is Hard to Find.” by Flannery O’Connor . This text is located in Volume E of your text book.
“Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor . This text is located in Volume E of your textbook on pages 435-449.
read John Cheever’s, ” The Swimmer”(139-147) read Eudora Welty’s ” Petrified Man ” (45-54).
read John Cheever’s, ” The Swimmer”(139-147) .
read Kurt Vonnegut’s, Slaughterhouse Five (E344-55) .
read â€œBabylon Revisitedâ€ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This text is located in Volume D on pages 646-660.
read Faulkner, â€œBarn Burningâ€