English literature

English literature. discuss the work of four writers in the attachement

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I picked the reading selections 3. the one that reveal something about relationships between parent and children

General Instructions:

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  • For your final essay, you will be looking at general topics/themes—ideas that connect the stories and poems in Volume E: American Literature since 1945All reading selections must come from the textbook. Here is a link to the table of contents (in case you don’t have the book): http://media.wwnorton.com/cms/contents/NAAL8_VE_TOC.pdf
  • Before writing your essay, please read either the introduction to Volume E or the briefer online introduction (copied below). You will find the part called “Literary Developments” and the timeline very useful.
  • In your essay (750-1000 words or more), you will trace one of these general ideas through at least four pieces of literature by different writers (poets, playwrights, fiction writers–no essays, speeches, or non-fiction prose) from this time period.
  • In other words, you will be discussing the work of four writers; you may include more than one work by each of the four writers.
  • The paper should be in essay form with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion rather than a collection of reading responses. Please do not use sub-headings.
  • You must use quotations from the reading selections as support for your general ideas.
  • You should not use the same works that you used in your reading responses for Volume E or the novel or short story that you wrote about in your research paper. 
  • Please do not choose long reading selections for this paper.
  • If you have questions or need suggestions, please let me know.


The final should show me that you have read selections from various parts of Volume E.

Here are some possible ways to group the reading selections (choose one):


  1. Reading selections that show the increasing diversity in America literature during this time period
  2. Reading selections that show how writers viewed significant social issues (especially in the area of civil rights, including women’s rights and gay rights)
  3. Reading selections that reveal something about relationships between parents and children during this time period (especially adults looking back on their relationships with their parents)
  4. Reading selections that reveal something about relationships between men and women during this time period (after World War II through the present)
  5. Reading selections that reveal the effects of historical events on individuals (including events that occurred before this time period) (Note: If you are using the 7th edition, you may use one poem or story  from the September 11 section, but not all. I want you to find poems or stories that relate to a variety of historical events.)


The final is a test of your ability to use critical thinking skills as you discuss the stories and poems, so you should use sources sparingly. Also, if you are quoting, even from the textbook, please use quotation marks or block (indent 10 spaces from the left margin) quotations of more than three lines. As always, you should follow MLA format. If you don’t use secondary sources (sources other than the textbook), you do not need a works cited page. If you use the textbook as your only source, just include page numbers. Do not repeat the authors’ names over and over in parentheses. The authors’ names should be in sentences in the text of the paper, not in parentheses. Only page numbers should be in parentheses.

The following comes from the website for the 8th edition.
Overview of Volume E, 8th edition

  • The Internet has produced a contemporary literary culture that is keenly aware that reality is hybrid, with constant input from multiple sources. Contemporary literature reflects this insight with its proclivity for combining, editing, altering, and rearranging existing materials.

1.  A major shift in American literature after World War II include Sandra Cisneros’s “Woman Hollering Creek;” Cathy Song’s “The White Porch” and “Lost Sister;” Maxine Hong