ENG 340/AFRI 340:  MULTICULTURAL AMERICAN LITERATURE                                                     ESSAY ASSIGNMENT 20% [200Points]

 

You will write ONE 4-5 page [1,200-1,600 word] typed analytical paper on EITHER Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, OR Octavia Butler's Kindred.  Essay topics will be covered during our discussion of each novel but are listed below to help you get started on the project of your choice.  The paper will be typed, double-spaced, with one inch margins on all four sides of the page.  Use the standard Times New Roman 12 font size.  Essays will be submitted by e-mail attachment and will be returned in the same manner.  See the instructions below for more detail on formatting and presenting your essay.

 

The due date varies depending on the novel that you choose to discuss.  In each case, the paper will be due no later than one week after we complete our discussion of the novel in question.  This approach allows you to adjust to your assignment schedule in other classes or to your work schedule.  Here are the due dates:

 

A Ceremony paper is due no later than Friday, November 6.

A To Kill A Mockingbird paper is due no later than Friday, November 20.

A Kindred paper is due no later than Friday, December 11.

 

Of course, you may always submit your paper earlier than the final due date.

 

SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR SILKO'S CEREMONY:  

 

 

 

 

I am not limiting you to discussion of any of the issues noted above.  These are just short lists of some of the issues that we will cover in class.  If you would like to examine an issue not on the above topic lists, please present your proposal to me in writing. If you send me your suggestion by e-mail, I will reply and either approve or reject your proposal.  To earn approval for your own topic and thesis, you must send me the request no later than Friday, October 30.

 

CEREMONY PAPER DUE DATE:  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6.

 

 

SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR HARPER LEE'S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD PAPER DUE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20.

SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR KINDRED

KINDRED PAPER DUE: NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRESENTING YOUR PAPER

An early indication of the importance of the belly as an image of both illness and healing occurs just before Tayo plunges a broken bottle into Emo’s gut and Tayo realizes that “The space to carry hate was located deep inside, below his lungs and behind his belly; but it was empty” (63). 

Additional examples of MLA documentation can be found in any undergraduate guide to writing papers, like The Beacon Handbook.  Of course, the majority of your writing should be your own analysis and language, but you do need to support your argument by presenting and discussing key passages in the novel.  If the quote itself is a question, the end punctuation remains inside the quotation mark. Periods, however, are placed after the parentheses.

 

Paper Length:  4-5 pages [1,200-1,600 words]

 

Submission Procedures:  Submit your essay by e-mail attachment to jjakaitis@indstate.edu  The due dates above are "soft" due dates.  It is possible to negotiate a day or two extension, and you may, of course, always submit your essay in advance.  Of course, since we are not reading Octavia Butler's Kindred until the end of the semester, no extensions will be granted for papers discussing that novel.