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English 102 (Writing About Literature) Research Guide: Signature Assignment tips (Winter 2023)

Use this guide to find articles about authors and their works! We also have tips for citing sources in MLA style.

General resources

This guide is a collection of useful sources for researching both the historical context and literary analysis portions of your paper.

The Assignment
Choose a work of protest literature (a poem or short story), and describe how the writer conveys the lived experience or condition of a marginalized group. Use researched background information to support your analysis of the text, but focus on the literary elements and techniques the writer uses.

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Resources for literary analysis

Danez Smith

Resources for "Dinosaurs in the Hood"

Keyword ideas: Black joy, Black representation in film, African Americans in movies, Quentin Tarantino and race

News coverage of Danez Smith

Other articles

Danielle Evans

Resources for "Robert E. Lee is Dead"

Keyword ideas: Black identity, African American teenage girls, racism in education, microaggressions

Other articles