Wk 4 – American Novel Annotated Bibliography

Assignment Content Deepen your understanding of the American novel by creating an annotated bibliography in which you research famous works, their themes, and influence on American culture. Select 6 American novels from the following list: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (1905) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930) The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (1931) The Way West by Alfred Bertram Guthrie (1949) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960) Rabbit, Run by John Updike (1960) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (1963) Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (1993) Reservations Blues by Sherman Alexie (1995) Research your 6 novels, their themes, and their influence on American culture. To help your research, refer to the novel summaries, literary criticisms, and video resources in this weeks University Library Resources. When reviewing the summaries in the library readings, remember to click View the full text so you can read the detailed summary provided. To help you format and understand how to create an annotated bibliography and to see samples, refer to the annotated bibliography resources from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab at the end of this assignment.

  Create a 700-word annotated bibliography that includes your 6 American novel selections. For each annotation of each selected novel, include any literary criticisms as you see fit. For each annotation, you should: Summarize the plot. Discuss the novels main topics and themes.

Explain its historical context and/or the authors biographical context and its influence on society or how it was influenced by society. Format your assignment according to MLA guidelines. Format your assignment according to MLA guidelines.