You may write a researched literary analysis (below), or form a small group (3
people at most), to create a multimedia project (written paper and
visuals/sounds, etc. with an oral presentation. With this option, the written
narrative would be roughly 5-6 pages.
How to Write a Literary Analysis
Write a 8-12 page (Works Cited page included) research essay on
a significant problem or issue of the course/course readings.
Literary research essays are problem-based. In the
works we are reading and viewing many problems surface for indigenous people.
Native scholars give different emphases to various problems: "There are three
issues around which native peoples are waging a resistance today, as in past
centuries, to the neocolonialism and exploitation by the dominant sates of the
Western Hemisphere: they are land, self-government, and indigenous rights" (Lobo
and Talbot 346).
Guidelines for the literary research
APPROACH: The literary research essay depends on the
identification of a significant problem or issue derived from the primary
sources in the course reading. This problem or issue identified in the primary
source should be interpreted by the writer using evidence from the primary
source and supported by the critical and theoretical work of scholars. It is
possible, but not necessary to use one or more primary sources, bearing in mind
the need to have identified a solid connection between the works. Use two or
more critical sources to support the interpretations or to contrast with them.
In addition to this foundation, the literary research essay
will display these features:
1. context that supplies needed background information
2. central thesis that includes major problems/issues statements
3. paragraph organization according to the main features of the problem/issue
stated in the expanded central thesis statement
4. evidence from the primary source predominates; evidence from the secondary
source used to confirm, amplify, or contrast
5. provide significance of the problem or issue for Native people (Why does this
issue matter to this group of people?) and significance of the issue for the larger
world (Why does this issue matter to Americans in the general population? Why does this issue matter in the
5. in-text citations and lists of works cited according to MLA format. Here is
an online MLA guide:
current debates/issues in AI literary criticism (see Native Lit journals)
boarding school experience
post-modernism in Indian lit
oral tradition in contemporary texts
Two Spirit lit and traditions importance of place/land
and land ethic
trauma and healing
family and community
Proposal: Submit a formal, typed (double-spaced, no more than 3
pages) paper proposal in which you tell me your idea for your researched
essay or group project: what problem or issue(s) do you plan to write about?
Who are the members of your group? Who will do what?
Everyone needs to
Include a summary of an article you've read on this issue, that
Name of author, Title of article, Source (journal title), three major
ideas from the article, and the potential specific usefulness of this
article for the researched essay/project essay.