Topics: The Story of an Hour” Kate Chopin. The Birth Mark” Nathaniel Hawthorne “

Topics: The Story of an Hour” Kate Chopin. The Birth Mark” Nathaniel Hawthorne “The Open Boat” Stephen Crane. A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” Flannery O’Connor. “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman. “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allan Poe. “Sonny’s Blues” James Baldwin. “King of the Bingo Game” Ralph Ellison. “Bartleby” Herman Melville. “A Hunger Artist” Franz Kafka. The paper must be a minimum of five (5) pages in length (not including Works Cited and title page) and be written according to MLA standards. It must have at least one primary source (the story itself) and at least three (3) outside (secondary) sources. At least one of your secondary sources must be a scholarly article from the ECC databases. The selected text must be one we discussed in class. Be advised that Wikipedia, Spark Notes, Cliff Notes, and similar sites and sources are not valid sources. Points will be deducted from any paper that lists these, or similar sites, as sources. If you are not certain of a source’s validity or eligibility, see me or contact me and we will discuss it. Choose from any of the following topics: 1. Discuss the connection between a writer’s life and the work(s) they have written. For example, how might Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Puritan ancestry and background influence a story like “The Birthmark”? 2. Discuss the historical background of a particular work and how that background influenced that work. For example, how might the Civil War and Reconstruction have influenced William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”? 3. Discuss a work using any of the following critical approaches: Deconstructionism, Ethical Criticism, Feminist Criticism, Formalist Criticism, Marxism, Postcolonial Criticism, Psychoanalytical Criticism, or Reader Response Criticism. We will discuss these terms throughout the semester. If that proves insufficient, the formal definitions of these terms can also be found in your text book or you can consult me. For example, examine A Doll’s House from a Feminist perspective. 4. Medically or psychologically diagnose a character from any of the stories we discuss. For example, what is the cause of the narrator’s mental distress in “The Yellow Wallpaper”? All papers must involve literary research and discuss a work we have discussed in class. Be advised that anybody caught plagiarizing the research paper faces the penalty of a failing grade for the semester, per the Academic Integrity policy outlines on the syllabus