Please provide the following information about your author:
Please locate 3 sources of literary criticism for your assigned work. This may or may not include the sources you may find about your author. Use the online databases you can access through the University/College Library. Try to get current pieces of criticism.
Remember to look for common elements as well as differences in the things you find. Your job is to report what you find; you do not have to analyze the information. Please download or photocopy the sources and provide works cited entries in MLA form.
Your completed work should be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, with properly cited sources in MLA format. You should use notes or even develop a handout to use when you give your presentation. These presentations should give your classmates a good summary of the important facts and influences your author and the work have had on readers.
The following readings will assist in your understanding of how to think critically and write analytically for this course and your assignment.
Accompanying the common elements in short fiction and poetry are suggested titles.
INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE SHORT STORIES
"Araby" James Joyce p. 131
"Half a Day” Naguib Mahfouz p. 90 (Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia)
"The Lesson" Toni Cade Bambara p. 98 (Style)
“Girl” Jamaica Kincaid p. 105
“A Good Man is Hard to Find” Flannery O’Connor p. 147 (Literary Criticism Online)
CONFORMITY AND REBELLION SHORT STORIES
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson p. 354
" 'Repent Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman" Harlan Ellison p. 361
“Two Kinds” Amy Tan p. 370
“The End of Firpo in the World” George Saunders p. 385
CULTURE AND IDENTITY SHORT STORIES
"A Rose for Emily" William Faulkner p. 580 (Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia)
“The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman p. 516 (Literary Criticism Online)
“Everyday Use” Alice Walker p. 553
LOVE AND HATE SHORT STORIES
"The Storm" Kate Chopin p. 765
“Sweat” Zora Neale Hurston p. 770
“Hills Like White Elephants” Ernest Hemingway p. 825 (Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia)
“Good People” David Foster Wallace p. 829
LIFE AND DEATH SHORT STORIES
"The Cask of Amontillado" Edgar Allan Poe p. 1019 (Literary Reference Center Plus)
“Story of an Hour” Kate Chopin p. 1067 (Literary Criticism Online)
“The Man to Send Rain Clouds” Leslie Marmon Silko p. 1089
“The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” Katherine Anne Porter p. 1107
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