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Ms. Rinaldi
American Lit. 2X

Literary Analysis #2:  DUE APRIL 19TH

Analysis of the work of a Harlem Renaissance Writer

  • Format: 3-4 pages, double spaced, 1-inch margins
  • NO 1st person
  • All quotes must be properly cited using MLA format.
  • Works Cited page required
  • Papers turned in late will receive an automatic letter-grade deduction
  • Severely limit biographical information on the author—mention only what is relevant for this analysis.
  • No outside sources, other than the works themselves, are required. However, you are welcome to use literary criticism if you find it helpful, and if you cite it properly
  • No pictures, illustrations, or any other frills whatsoever
  • Formal language required—no casual comments

You may choose any of the writers below. You will examine the work of your chosen writer, and write an analysis of the work itself. I will be happy to help you come up with a thesis once you have chosen a writer. As always, first drafts are greatly encouraged, and I will be happy to correct any and all drafts that you hand in to me ahead of time.

WRITERS: The work of some of these writers may be difficult to find, but all have material that is worth searching for. Asterisks indicate writers whose material should be comparatively easy to get a hold of.

Angelina Weld Grimke

Anne Spencer

Jessie Redmond Fauset

*Alain Locke

Georgia Douglas Johnson

Marcus Garvey

*Claude McKay

*Zora Neale Hurston

*Jean Toomer

George Samuel Schuyler

Rudolph Fisher

Eric Walrond

Marita Bonner

*Sterling Brown

Gwendolyn B. Bennett

Wallace Thurman

Arna Bontemps

*Langston Hughes

*Countee Cullen

Helene Johnson

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