SA - Research and Presentation Task

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J. Phay / 2014
HCI/IHE LIT/2014
IHE LITERATURE: BSP
SEMESTRAL ASSIGNMENT
Name: __________________________________
Class: _____ ( )
Date: _________________
Exploring American Literature
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Expose students to important American texts beyond the classroom
Foster collaboration among students but also
Practice independent thinking by critiquing a work of literature
Apply literary terms to analyse a text
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Group presentation (although this will be individually scored)
Researching the life and work of an American author; see below for a list of suggested authors
Note that this list is by no means exhaustive or set in stone: they simply represent the seminal
American texts I know well, so that I can more effectively help you should you require guidance;
nevertheless, if you’d like to work on another text not on this list, come and talk to me before T1W9
and we can discuss why this text might work!
Individual research paper (1000 - 1200 words)
A literary critique of one novel or one play or at least two short stories or at least three poems by
selected author
Deadline:
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Presentations: T2W1
Essays: T2W9
List of Suggested Authors and Works:
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F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby or short stories
Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Herland or short stories (especially The Yellow Wall-paper)
Short stories or poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Mark Twain – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Kate Chopin – The Awakening or short stories
Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter
Poems by Walt Whitman
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HCI/IHE LIT/2014
Poems by Emily Dickinson
Henry James – The Turn of the Screw
Edith Wharton – Ethan Frome or Summer or The Age of Innocence
Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451
Raymond Chandler – The Big Sleep or any of the other Philip Marlow novels; also short stories
Dashiell Hammett – short stories or The Thin Man
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