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AML2020 - Bolivia- IUSC


You Can Do It!

Use this guide to learn how to research and cite sources for your course.

Unit 4 Overview of Criticism

You need five total sources, a summary of each source, and a one-page summary of the sources you've found. Be sure to discuss how the sources relate to each other and what they suggest about the novel you've chosen, its meaning, and its importance to literature. 

Remember that part of the requirement is to follow MLA guidelines.  You MUST quote, summarize and use in-text citations throughout the assignment.

The Novel: Final Paper Purpose (Due in Unit 8)

The purpose of this learning assessment is to help you assess your learning mastery based on making an argument about the meaning of the novel or a part of the novel.

Final Paper Instructions

You need to use 3-5 sources (from a library database and NOT including the novel) in a 6-10 page research paper which has a clear thesis and explicates the meaning of your novel.  This is NOT a report.  You are a literary scholar, and you are making an argument about the meaning of the novel or a part of the novel.

The submission must follow all MLA style guidelines, including formatting, in-text citations, and works cited entries.

Paper Assignment

Task :  Generate an original thesis about a minimum of four literary texts in which you argue in favor of the thesis through the lens of a critical theory and support the argument with analysis of the literary texts, as well as a minimum of two scholarly works. 


  • Literary Texts: Two of the texts must be stories from the available readings for the course (including those that are in American Short Story Masterpieces that were not required readings for the course). A minimum of two other literary works (short stories, plays, novels) must be included.
  • Scholarly Articles: At least two scholarly articles must be used in support of the essay’s thesis.
  • Length: The essay must be a minimum of 1000 words, no more than 1250 words (approximately 4-5 pages).
  • MLA Style:  The essay needs to be formatted in MLA style, with a Works Cited list in which the articles and literary texts are documented.  In-text citations should be included in the body of the essay in areas where passages from the literary texts and articles are used.

Critical Theories Covered in This Course

  • Psychoanalytical (Freudian)
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Racial Ethnic and Cultural Identity
  • Reader Response
  • New Historical (History and Culture)
  • Natural World