Who colonized the portion of North America that becomes the United States?
Why did colonists come to British colonies in North America?
What struggles and conflicts arise in America during colonization? After Colonization?
When does American literature begin?
What are the tenets of American culture?
If there are specific themes or topics driving you toward an exploration of your chosen works of literature, be sure to touch on those themes or topics briefly in your introduction, but you can be fairly broad.
Body: Your goal in the body of your Literature Review is to establish your general knowledge of the literature you have chosen. Your essay body should be several paragraphs that give a broad overview of each of your chosen works of literature. For the purpose of this assignment, organize the body of your literature review in chronological order in which the works were published. Be certain to offer at least one direct quotations from each of your chosen primary sources. Explain how your evidence demonstrates the these or topics you see represented in your chosen sources. Be certain to cite the source of any evidence you use in your literature review, but the body paragraphs are a great space to discuss:
when and why the literature was written
connections to historical events, political changes, major arts movements
the author’s biographical history
any specific themes or topics evidenced in the work of literature
Conclusion: The conclusion to your literature review should summarize key points your reader should learn when they read your literature review. You could briefly remind your reader of the key themes or topics that were revealed throughout the body of the essay.
Some general comments:
Do not write statements in first person (I, me, my, or mine).
Do not write statements using “we,” “us,” “our,” or “you.”
Avoid vague pronoun use. Sentences are rar