An example—Our Nig can be compared to Frances E.W. Harper’s Iola Leroy, another nineteenth-century novel about a female slave.
Another example-Nella Larsen’s Passing can be compared to Gwendolyn Brooks’s Maud Martha. Both works deal with intraracial prejudice and issues of the color line.
The title of your paper should bear a close relationship to its theme. Craft a descriptive title, as the samples below illustrate. Feel free to pursue any theme relative to the focus of the course; if, however, you wish to research and write on a particular theme, or if you need assistance in focus or approach, you should discuss your ideas with the instructor before you begin.
Note: When researching and writing the paper, keep in mind that this course has
its foundation in literature, not in history, sociology, or any other academic
discipline. While various other disciplines are useful in illuminating,
analyzing, and interpreting literary works, the emphasis must be on the
literature itself. Any paper which does not adhere to this requirement, or
to the principles of scholarship, will be summarily dismissed.
1. Title: Good titles reflect the theme of the paper.
2. Thesis: Every essay must have a written thesis that clearly states the main point
of the paper.
must follow the rules of transition, i.e., connecting ideas smoothly and logically.
Avoid personalized reactions.
writing of your essay must be documented. Note the sample Wallace and Baldwin bibliography entries below:
Baldwin, James. Go Tell It on the Mountain. New York: Dell Publishing, 1981.
Wallace, Michelle. Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman.
New York: The Dial Press, 1978.
Consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Paper, 7th ed. for correct
“ ‘Women Talk’: A Comparative Analysis of Oral Traditions in Selected Works of Maya Angelou and Jamaica Kincaid”
“Abandoned Women in Browngirl, Brownstones and Beloved”
“Literacy and Social Class in Charles Chesnutt’s Color Line Stories”
“Humor and Wit in Selected African American Short Stories”
“ Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Caged Bird Reflected in Maya Angelou’s
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”
PROSPECTUS FOR RESEARCH PAPER
Suggested website to consult for assistance with writing a thesis:
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