Suggested length: 900-1100 words.
For this paper, you should choose a work or author from our era and country (American, Colonial through the Civil War) and place it in a wider context. That context may be established by way of comparison (how is the novel like other novels? different from them? how is the author’s work like other authors from the same era? ) or by reference to scholary resources.
Note: By “scholarly resources” I mean those from journals (online or paper) or websites with clear, attributed authorship and some sort of peer review process. Ask if you have questions about whether a particular resource is scholarly or not.
Your paper will be evaluated on how clearly and convincingly you place your work/author in a wider context. Proper documentation and other qualities of writing will also be evaluated.