Research Paper Sources Assignment | Homework for You
At this point you should go to “Research Paper Sources” and choose a writer, either a poet or fiction writer that will be the focus of your research paper. Our lessons beginning with last week asked us to consider the negatives and be self-aware of how literature can at times provide only a single story of a group of people whether by ethnicity, race, gender, religion, or other. This week the readings ask us to consider the positives to reading literature, one is that it can provide a lens to a multi-leveled view of a group of people and allow us to connect with others despite our differences. The other part to this week introduces us to the Romantic Period in which we should reflect on how a movement or time period can impact what the writer or artist creates. The Romantic period (1820-1860) charged its writers and artists to focus on self-awareness, to look to Art rather than Science to express a Universal truth, to understand if we are self aware that we are one with ALL humanity, that we have a moral duty to reform social inequalities and relieve human suffering. The idea of self was redefined. You must think about this influence in reading work from this time period.
Also, consider how you must think about your own study of your chosen writer. You will need to do the following in your Research Paper. See steps below:
1. Choose a poet or short story writer from list
2. Study personal biography of writer (for consideration of how this may have influenced his or her writing)
3. Study time period in which your writer lived (think for example how the Pandemic or George Floyd’s death will impact today’s writers)
4. Study where they live and what happened where they lived (Did they live through a war or live during a period of peace and prosperity?)
5. With that lens study the poems or stories and think about how those items impacted or shaped what they wrote
6. That should begin to shape your thesis statement (1-2 sentences about what you think the works were about *find a link between the works)
7. Use the poems or stories (in analysis to support your thesis), this will be your body paragraphs
8. Include other writers who also studied your author (include quotes or summarize their feelings about the artist/writer), and integrate that into your paper (please search PCCC’s online library for sources).You are searching for “Literary Criticism.”
*If you choose a poet, choose at least 8 poems found on line from your poet
*If you choose a fiction writer, choose at least 4 stories from your fiction writer
9. If you need a refresher on what a MLA paper looks like, go to Resources for a sample paper.
10. Go to “Example of a Literary Analysis Paper” to study what your papers should include