Essay Question (100 points) –Respond to one of the following prompts in at least 500 words. This essay needs to be in MLA format and have an introduction, body and conclusion. This essay should also include in-text citations. Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your argument. Content and grammar will be evaluated.
1. Pick one of the texts we have read this semester and explain how that text is an example of a Realism text.
2. Pick one of the texts we have read this semester and explain how that text is an example of a Modern text.
3. Pick one of the texts we have read this semester and explore the portrayal of women. What do these portrayals suggest about the cultural dynamics of the times in which they were written?
4. Pick one of the texts we have read this semester and explain how that text is an example of a Postmodern text.
5. Pick one of the texts we have read this semester and explain how that text is an example of a Contemporary text.
6. Pick one of the texts we have read this semester and explain how that text is an example of a Gothic text.
The Norton Anthology of American Literature: 1865 to the Present, 9th d ed., Package (Vols. C, D, E), ed. Robert Levine
Whitman: “Song of Myself” (C23-65)
Local Color Realism
Twain, “The Notorious Jumping Frog” (C115-19)
Chopin, ” The Awakening ” (C548-576)
James, “Daisy Miller” (C410-50)
Chopin, “The Story of an Hour” (C542-544)
Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Why I Wrote TYWP” (C842-57)
Crane, “The Open Boat” (C1048-63)
Washington, Up from Slavery (C701-24)
DuBois, from The Souls of Black Folk (C920-55)
Modernism I: Poetry
Moore, “Poetry” (D339-40)
Pound, “In a Station of the Metro” (D297)
Pound, “The River Merchant’s Wife” (D297-98)
Pound, “Hugh Selwyn Mauberley” (D300-308)
Eliot, “The Waste Land” (D365-78)
Modernism II: Fiction
Anderson, “Winesburg” & “Hands” (D253-57)
Porter, “Flowering Judas” (D473-81)
Hemingway, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” (http://xroads.virginia.edu/~drbr/heming.html (Links to an external site.) )
Fitzgerald, “Babylon Revisited” (D646-61)
Modernism III: Poetry
Cummings “Cambridge Ladies” (D611)
Cummings, “next to god…” (D612)
Stevens, “Sunday Morning” (D273-76)
H.D., “Leda” (D333), “Helen” (D335)
Williams, “The Red Wheelbarrow” (D288), “Spring & All” (D286)
Frost, “Mending Wall” (D220-21); “Stopping By Woods” (D233-34)
The Political 1930s
Faulkner, “Barn Burning” (D771-83)
Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five (E344-55)
Minimalism & Postcolonialism
Carver, “Cathedral” (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 “Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This text is located in Volume D on pages 646-660.
read Faulkner, “Barn Burning”
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