Pick one of these options and write a 5-6 page paper, exploring the topic deeply and thoroughly,
grounding it closely in the text.
Use textual examples (themes, quotes, etc.) to provide support for your argument or exploration of the topic.
“The Howl ” has become an iconic work of the Beat Generation that was characterized by chal-lenges to the establishment. Analyze some of the stylistic devices that Allen Ginsberg uses to drive home the Beat revolution.
• What kind of images does he use? Why? Analyze specific images to lay out their role in generating a social critique of the establishment through Ginsberg’s innovative use of language in the poem.
Can you bring America in “The Howl” into conversation with America in the works of the Harlem Renaissance writers and poets?
• Get beyond surface-level thoughts and engage deeply with the topic as you demonstrate clearly your familiarity with the poems and short story through meaningful illustrations and analysis of those illustrations. Focusing on details allows for in-depth analysis in 5-6 pages.
For example, in the poem Allen Ginsberg reflects on the oppression of the mind. Can you bring this into dialogue with how gendered oppression is portrayed in the
Harlem Renaissance? Analyze what is gained/lost by each text’s approach to oppression. This is just an example, and you are free to bring the portrayal of America in the texts
into conversation with each other in other ways.
What is the significance of the title in Zora Neale Hurston’s short story “Sweat” within the con-text of the Harlem Renaissance?
• Pick particular passages to bring out the meaning of the title within the context of intersec-tional understanding of race, class, and gender.
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