Module Two: Course Theme Literary Analysis
In Module Two, students will work on a literary analysis. To complete the analysis, course theme will have to be paired with a fictional work (such as a fictional short story, poem, play, or film).
Below are some suggested fictional works listed under their corresponding course themes. Author names are provided parenthetically. Most of the suggested stories/poems/plays can be found through a quick web search. If a story is unavailable, inform the instructor so he or she may assist you.
Addiction: “Babylon Revisited” (F. Scott Fitzgerald) “Sonny’s Blues” (James Baldwin)
Aging, death, and dying “Thanatopsis” (William Cullen Bryant) “Midterm Break” (Seamus Heaney); “Death Be Not Proud” (John Donne) Time Flies (David Ives)
Body image/eating disorders “Barbie Doll” (Marge Piercy) Wasted (Marya Hornbacher)
Coming of Age “A&P” (John Updike) “How Far She Went” (Mary Hood) “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” (Joyce Carol Oates)
Heterosexual gender roles: equality and civil rights “A Work of Artifice” (Marge Piercy) “The Curse” (Andre Dubus) “Yellow Wallpaper” (Charlotte Perkins Gilman) Trifles (Susan Glaspell)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender roles: equality and civil rights “Life After High School” (Joyce Carol Oates) “Paul’s Case” (Willa Cather) A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)
Mental illness: schizophrenia, OCD, bipolar disorder “A Rose for Emily” (William Faulkner) “The Tale-Tell Heart” (Edgar Allan Poe) “Bartleby” (Herman Melville)
Physical disability, impairment, and disfigurement “Everyday Use” (Alice Walker) “Good Country People” (Flannery O’Connor) “The Birthmark” (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
Psychosis and violence “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (Flannery O’Connor) “The Curse” (Andre Dubus) “The Cask of Amontillado” (Edgar Allan Poe) “Hunters in the Snow” (Tobias Wolff)
War and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) The Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane) “Soldiers Home” (Ernest Hemingway) “The Things They Carried” (Tim O’Brien) “The Thing in the Forest” (A.S. Byatt)