Assignment for GHUM 200
Melissa S. Van Vuuren
GHUM 200: Great Works
An interdisciplinary course with a focus on 20th
century African American literature
Cover novels, plays, and short stories
Students - primarily sophomores
In a six-page paper, analyze representations of
race and gender in either Toni Morrison’s Sula
or Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.
Include citations from a credible
cultural/historical source and critical literary
article relevant to the novel. Source lists will be
provided by the instructor.
Sample Cultural/Historical Sources
Appiah, Kwame Anthony, and Henry Louis Gates, eds.
Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African
American Experience. 2nd ed. 5 vols. Oxford; New York:
Oxford UP, 2005.
Tompkins, Vincent, ed. American Decades. 10 vols.
Detroit: Gale, 1994-1996.
Ostrom, Hans A., and J. David Macey, Jr., eds.
Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. 5
vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2005.
Students will develop a clear thesis statement.
Students will construct new knowledge from
their analysis of an article’s main concepts.
Students will organize their papers in a clear,
Students will adhere to stylistic, grammatical,
and spelling conventions.
Students will cite sources in proper MLA
Will revise existing rubric into an analytic rubric
based on assignment objectives