literary analysis / research paper
Write a research-based literary analysis that incorporates scholars’ perspectives about the work in addition to your own.
This essay will be a literary analysis even though it is considered to be a research paper. As a reminder, a literary analysis must be interpretive in nature. It must not offer review of the text, providing personal likes and dislikes about the work, nor should it be a ‘book-report-style’ summary essay that offers little in the way of interpretation or argument.
The essay should illuminate a new way of considering the text that other readers might not have picked up on. The paper’s body will defend or support your thesis about the work by identifying quotations in each body paragraph that reinforce your argument and providing outside sources as appropriate.
Topic options below:
You must choose one of the following topics on which to focus your argument:
OPTION ONE: Connecting Literature with Popular Culture
Focus: a play in the anthology that can be meaningfully compared to a contemporary film or TV show.
A primary work (the play from the anthology)
A film or an episode of a TV show
Two articles about the literary work or the contemporary film or short story.
OPTION TWO: Applying Literary Criticism
Focus: any work in the anthology (except those by William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, or Robert Frost) / The textbook offers an entry into a variety of critical approaches (2330-54), and students should delve deeper into the form of criticism they choose by researching online and reading more prior to writing their essay.
The primary work from the anthology
Three articles about the critical approach, the work, or the author
RESEARCH PAPER REQUIREMENTS
Length: 1,200 words (minimum)—this includes quotations, but not the works cited page
Format: MLA format is required—page setup, quotation incorporation, and a works cited page~~~For this or similar assignment papers~~~