Project #70569 - American Literature Term Paper on the Awakening by Kate Chopin

Term Paper: Our final paper will be an 7-8 page documented essay paper, in which you build an argument about a particular aspect of one of the following fictional narratives:

Twain, Huckleberry Finn
Chopin, The Awakening
Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, or "The Open Boat"
Hemingway, selected short stories

I'd like to keep the assignment simple and straightforward. Choose one of the works above and create an argument concerning how the novel (or short story in the case of Crane's "The Open Boat" or Hemingway's stories) uses imagery and symbolism to advance the plot as a work of realism, naturalism, or modernism. You must use primary (the text) and secondary sources (3-4 books or articles) about the work to complete the assignment. Show me how the author uses imagery and symbolism as a realistic, naturalistic, or modernistic work of art.

Here are some suggested secondary works to consider for realism and naturalism. I will send suggestion for Hemingway and Modernism in a follow-up email.

Warner Berthoff, The Ferment of Realism
Harold Kolb, The Illusion of Life: American Realism as a Literary Form
Donald Pizer, Realism and Naturalism in Nineteenth Century American Literature
Eric Sundquist, "Realism and Regionalism." Columbia Literary History of the US
Charles Walcutt, American Literary Naturalism, A Divided Stream
Larzer Ziff, The American 1890's

On Twain:

Louis Budd, Critical Essay on Mark Twain
Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Lighting out for the Territory and Was Huck Black?
Philip Foner, Mark Twain, Social Critic
Joe Fulton, Mark Twain's Ethical Realism
Justin Kaplan, Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain
Forrest Robinson, The Cambridge Companion to Mark Twain
Robert Sattelmeyer and Donald Robinson, One Hundred Years of Huck Finn
Albert Stone, The Innocent Eye: Childhood in mark Twain's Imagination
The St. Martin's, Bedford edition for Huck Finn as critical controversy is also recommended for its essays.

On Kate Chopin:

Lynda Boren and Sara deSaussure David, Kate Chopin Reconsidered
Bernard Koloski, Approaches to Teaching Chopin's the Awakening
Per Seyersted, Kate Chopin: A Critical Biography
Peggy Skaggs, Kate Chopin
Nancy Walker, ed. The Awakening (Critical controversy edition from Bedford St. Martin's)

On Stephen Crane

Christopher Benfrey, The Double Life of Stephen Crane
Bill Brown, The Material Unconscious: American Amusement, Stephen Crane, and the Economics of Play
Edwin Cady, Stephen Crane
James Nagel, Stephen Crane and literary Impressionism

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 05/11/2015 10:30 am
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