Richard Wright: An Essay in Bibliography

Richard Wright: An Essay in Bibliography

ENGL 2210 World Literature II

“The Man Who Was Almost a Man” Essays

Read the essay writing instructions before you write your essay. Select ONE topic.

  1. Has David managed to become a “man” at the end of the story? What are the rules for becoming a man in his society? Who do you think is a “man” in the story, and why? Defend your answers.
  2. Describe what the source of the conflict is between Dave and his society, specifically focusing on the subject of what it takes “to be a man” in that society. To what extent are Dave’s parents and his society responsible for his behavior?
  3. The author of this story spent 15 years in Paris and was welcomed by the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Disucss the story as an existentialist story. First, be sure to read and review the readings and your notes on existentialism.

Always provide specific examples to support your points! Your essay should be no less than 350 words, and no more than 400 words. Indicate the number of words at the bottom of the essay.

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Call for Abstracts for CRITICAL INSIGHTS: RICHARD WRIGHT, a collection of scholarly essays (under contract with Grey House Publishing/EBSCO)

Call for Publications
June 15, 2018
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Film and Film History, Literature, Race Studies

Kimberly Drake, the editor of the proposed book Critical Insights: RICHARD WRIGHT, a collection of scholarly essays (under contract with Grey House Publishing/EBSCO), seeks contributions on Wright’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, and film/television. I’m looking for original essays on the best-known of Wright’s texts (Uncle Tom’s Children, Black Boy, and Native Son), as well as his lesser-known texts and films made of his texts. Because Critical Insights volumes are directed toward a readership of advanced high school and undergraduate college students, each chapter will present an argument on one or a few of Wright’s texts, supported by close reading of text or images. The argument must be broad enough to reflect one or more primary concerns of that text and to introduce students to previous scholarship on that particular aspect of the text. The goal for the volume is provide a wide-ranging set of critical interpretations of most of Wright’s texts, drawing on current theoretical approaches, written in a style accessible to the target readership.  The book will be composed of approximately 14 original chapters, 10 of them literary criticism chapters (5000 words each), and 4 chapters focusing on particular approaches to Wright’s work, including a “critical lens” chapter, a chapter on the cultural/historical context of one text, a chapter comparing 2-3 texts, and a “critical reception” chapter (4000-5000 words each).

To propose a chapter, please send a 300 to 500-word abstract (or more than one abstract) and a cv ASAP, or by June 15, 2018. Once I have confirmed your submission, I can give you information about deadlines and procedures, but the volume is scheduled to be published during fall of 2018, so deadlines will be coming up soon. Authors of chapters that appear in the published volume will be paid for their work.

Contact Info: 

Kimberly Drake, Associate Professor of Writing

Scripps College

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