Select a novel or short story which especially interests you. Prepare an annotated bibliography of criticism dealing with that work. Be sure to use MLA style. In your annotation, briefly summarize the writer's approach and conclusions. Since most of these works have generated an extensive secondary literature, you should focus your bibliography on one particular theme, problem, or aspect of the work. Aim for at least 10-15 entries..
Due Date: October 7
Choose two or three of the most interesting or provocative discussions of the work you have chosen. On the day we deal with that work, tell the rest of us briefly what each critic has to say about the work, and use their analyses lead a discussion of that work. Your presentation should be clearly organized, but it may (probably should) be informal; you need not submit any written work at this point.
Write a 15-20 page essay developing your own insights into the work which was the focus of your presentation. Incorporate your secondary sources to provide context for your own analysis. You'll probably want to focus on the critics you dealt with in your class presentation. Sources should, of course, be documented in MLA style.
Due Date: December 9
Write a 4-6 page essay on some problem, theme, or image in the works we read this semester. Develop your thesis through specific examples from works we read, with little or no reference to secondary sources. We will discuss possible topics for this essay on December 9.
Due Date: December 14
You should be prepared to discuss the works listed on each of the following dates.