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1 Engl 291/AmStud 261, “American Novel Since 1945” Hungerford Spring, 2008 Essay #2 Topics Essays should be 5 to 8 pages, double-spaced, one-inch margins, Times Roman font; please number your pages. Cite the novels parenthetically with page numbers from our class’s edition; in this case, no footnotes or bibliography is necessary. If you have a different edition, please speak to your TF about how they would like you to cite. In crafting an argument to answer the question, please choose between two and four specific passages to mine for evidence. You may refer to other parts of the novel, of course, but be sure to have two to four main passages whose form and content (how they are written, and what they are about) serve to support your claims. Most of these topics can be described as thematic—they ask questions about a feature of what the novels says. That does not mean that you should write only about what the novel says; indeed, it is crucial to discuss how the novel says whatever it says, no matter what topic you choose. This would include analysis of diction, the use of metaphor or simile or other figurative language, the juxtaposition of scenes, the form of the narrative, what the author chooses as beginning and ending, and where the narrative is divided, or has a pause, the point of view chosen—just to name a few of the literary techniques that writers use to shape their narratives. If you see a topic that you talked about extensively in section, please do not choose that as the topic for your essay. If a brief section discussion of one of these topics sparked an interest you’d like to explore further in the paper, check with your TF before starting to make sure that she or he thinks you are going enough beyond what was covered in class. Likewise, your argument should not reproduce points made in lecture. This is your chance to advance your own interpretation of a novel. Long papers will not necessarily earn higher grades than short ones. A five-page argument presented in eight pages will lose points for verbosity. That said, you can mount a nifty and complicated argument using eight pages; if you have such an argument to make, go ahead and make it. Otherwise a snappy five will do it. Papers are due to the English dept. drop box, marked with your TF’s name, by noon on Friday, April 18 . (If your TF wishes you to deliver them differently—for example, by email—she or he will let you know.) In the absence of a Dean’s excuse, late papers will be docked one grade increment per day (A to A-, A- to B+, and so on).
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2 Questions 1. All of the books that we've read in the second half of the course— The Woman Warrior , Housekeeping , Blood Meridian , The Human Stain , The Known World , and Everything Is Illuminated —foreground the problems of telling historical truth. Choose two passages from the same novel, or different novels, where the relationship between source text, or historical document, and crafted fiction is particularly at issue. What kinds of implicit claims is the author
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