AMERICAN LITERATURE

  1. Write a 750-word (minimum) essay addressing one of the topics described below.  You must meet the minimum word count to get full credit.
  2. Your essays must include quotes from each text used to get full credit.  Be sure to quote, cite, and reference from the text(s) using appropriate APA format

READINGS FROM AMERICAN LITERATURE BOOK 2013 8TH EDITION BELOW

Topic 1: Write an essay in which you compare Art Spiegelman’s Maus to a more traditionally formatted story assigned for this class or a comic book you are familiar with.  How are elements including theme, plot, and conflict different or alike in the two works?  How successful do you think Spiegelman is in conveying his message through the more unfamiliar format of the graphic novel?

Topic 2: Choose two texts that we’ve read from week 3 (you may use Trifles for one of them) and discuss them in relation to modernism.  Use the definition of modernism given in the Terms lecture from Week 3.  Make sure to explain what modernism is and show how the texts you chose demonstrate modernism.

Topic 3: View one of the films below.  Choose one character from the film and compare him/her to another character from another reading we’ve studied in class.  How are they similar?  Why did you choose these characters?  Do they have characteristics that you can relate to?  You may include elements of psychoanalytic criticism (see Week 2 Terms).

The table below identifies the three films you may choose from

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