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ENC 1102 - Prof. Marilyn Daniels: Welcome to ENC 1102

This research page is designed to help you successfully complete your literature assignment

Your Assignment: Author Information/Critical Review

Please provide the following information about your author:

  • Biographical information
    • Born/died
    • Parents
    • Where raised
    • Family life
    • School/education
    • Famous works/known for? / type of works? / theme, setting, characters, etc.
    • Prizes/awards
    • Influences
    • Anything else you find interesting

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.

Suggested Readings for your Assignment

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.
Elements of Short Fiction
Innocence and Experience
"Araby" by James Joyce, p. 125
"The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara, p. 98
"Half A Day" by Naguib Mahfouz, p. 88
"Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid, p. 105
"Orientation" by Daniel Orozco, p. 107 (Literary Criticism)
Conformity and Rebellion
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, p. 367
"Repent Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman" by Harlan Ellison, p. 374
"Two Kinds" by Amy Tan, p. 384
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber, p. 407
Culture and Identity
"A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner, p. 623
"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, p. 548
"Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, p. 586
"Book of the Dead" by Edwidge Danticat, p. 614 (Literary Criticism)
Love and Hate

"The Storm" by Kate Chopin, p. 861
"Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston, p. 866
"Hills like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway, p. 923
Life and Death
"The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, p. 1126
"Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, p. 1174
"The Man to Send Rain Clouds" by Leslie Marmon Silko, p. 1209
"The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" by Katherine Anne Porter, p. 1227