Long Black Song Engl 338 Cuny Lehman College Stu

Long Black Song Engl 338 Cuny Lehman College Stu

Long Black Song Engl 338 Cuny Lehman College Stu

Length: 8-10 double spaced, word-processed pages

Format: MLA heading, margins and header


The course paper for Studies in African American Literature should be developed around a literary topic with a clearly articulated thesis statement that has been approved and discussed with the instructor. The goals of this paper will be to write an extended analysis of a literary subject, such as works, themes, authors, historical time periods, or literary movements in which you have a compelling interest. You must employ critical and/or theoretical material in constructing and supporting your thesis. You should draw upon your secondary sources to synthesize a unified paper that supports your thesis. Proper use of MLA paper format, documentation, and works cited are mandatory.


Primary Literary Text — You must write your paper on any one or any combination of the literary periods that were covered in the course and include relevant texts from that period that are covered in the syllabus.

1)You can expand/combine either Course Paper #1 and #2 to fulfill the Capstone Requirement

2)You can add additional texts from the period you choose.

New Negro (Harlem) Renaissance (including the poets we covered and/or Zora Neale Hurston’s “Sweat”)

The Era of Protest & Reform (including Richard Wright’s “Long Black Song”)

Black Arts Movement poetry (including the poets we covered and/or Henry Dumas’ “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”)

Post-Modernism & Black Feminism (including Alice Walker’s “Nineteen Fifty-five”)

2) Secondary Sources 1 — You must also incorporate at least four of the critical perspectives (from Within the Circle or other handouts) that we covered in the class into your analysis.

3) Secondary Sources 2 — You must research and access evidence from at least two (2) critical/theoretical, “traditional” (books or journal articles) sources, in addition to any primary literary texts and 4 critical perspectives from the course. These sources must come from searching on-line databases or library book catalogs. You may not use material from internet searches to fulfill this requirement.

4) Additional Sources — In addition to the primary text, the secondary sources from Within the Circle or other handouts , and secondary sources on-line databases or library book catalogs, you may use other “traditional” sources, as well as any electronic sources such as videos, Internet search materials, CD-ROM’s, DVDS, audio CDs, or personal interviews. Encyclopedias and other reference books may not be used as the main five sources


a) a clear thesis statement that expresses your position, theory or perspective on the approved topic

b) all material that is used from any sources—whether in direct quotations or paraphrased — must be documented with an MLA parenthetical author/page citation and an entry on a works cited page. You do not need to include an annotated bibliography entry for the sources.

c) include a conclusion that expresses your ideas on what you have learned or the significance of your research and writing about the topic and thesis.