Literary Research Paper

 A literary research paper focuses on critically interpreting a work of literature (or several works of literature). Your thesis should be an interpretative claim about a work of literature. The research paper must be at least 1500 words, and it must adhere to MLA standards and guidelines. Further, you must include a minimum of 5 sources in your paper, 3 of which must be works of literary criticism. In order to do well on this assignment. Getting Started -Select a work of literature (primary source) you find intriguing, one that you would enjoy exploring in more depth. -Access library resources, especially electronic databases and search for secondary sources (scholarly articles/books on particular works of literature. -Read article abstracts. Download and carefully read articles that might be useful. -Identify current literary perspectives on your selected work of literature. -What critical approaches are represented? What critical approach might you apply to this literary work? -What arguments are being made? -How might you get involved in the conversation? What do you have to say about the literary work? A Few General topics Fiction -Write an analysis of a work of fiction. Concentrate on a single element of the story, such as point of view, theme, symbolism, character, narration, etc. Remember that you must integrate secondary sources. -Write an analysis of an author’s work, focusing on a single literary element treated similarly/differently in 2 – 4 short stories. Remember that you must integrate secondary sources. -Compare and contrast 2 -3 short stories connected by subject matter, focusing on a single literary element. Remember that you must integrate secondary sources. Write an analysis of a story in which the protagonist experiences an epiphany or revelation of some sort. Describe and characterize this epiphany or revelation. Remember that you must integrate secondary sources. Poetry -Write an extended line-by-line explication of a poem or passage from poem. Remember that you must integrate secondary sources. -Compare and contrast poems that address a similar theme (or other literary element) you find in the work of a single poet (or several poets) Remember that you must integrate secondary sources. -Review several poems by a single poet (from the same . Address the work’s overall style and thematic preoccupations. Remember that you must integrate secondary sources. Requirements: MLA format, 12 pt font. times new roman 5 sources work cited page 1500 words minimum

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