• Literary Terms Review



    AP English Literature and Composition Literary Criticism Research Paper

    8-10 pages, MLA, annotated bibliography, minimum 8-10 academic sources not including the text to be collected in a portfolio, 15-20 minute presentation with visual

    The research paper will start with a thesis based on available criticism and will be extended with research and the student’s own analysis of the work or works.

    For example, a student has chosen Emily Dickenson. She will begin research on that topic specifically looking for criticism of Dickenson’s poems. She may then narrow her thesis to: Emily Dickinson’s childlike diction and syntax are actually quite sophisticated and when introduced to the world after her death, offered up a variety of new poetic devices and forms.

    The following list comes from recommendations by the College Board for AP English Literature:

    The following list comes from recommendations by the College Board for AP English Literature:

    The following list comes from recommendations by the College Board for AP English Literature:


    W. H. Auden; Elizabeth Bishop; William Blake; Anne Bradstreet; Edward Kamau

    Brathwaite; Gwendolyn Brooks; Robert Browning; George Gordon, Lord Byron;

    Lorna Dee Cervantes; Geoffrey Chaucer; Lucille Clifton; Samuel Taylor Coleridge;

    Billy Collins; H. D. (Hilda Doolittle); Emily Dickinson; John Donne; Rita Dove; Paul

    Laurence Dunbar; T. S. Eliot; Robert Frost; Joy Harjo; Seamus Heaney; George

    Herbert; Garrett Hongo; Gerard Manley Hopkins; Langston Hughes; Ted Hughes;

    Ben Jonson; John Keats; Philip Larkin; Robert Lowell; Andrew Marvell; John Milton;

    Marianne Moore; Sylvia Plath; Edgar Allan Poe; Alexander Pope; Adrienne Rich;

    Anne Sexton; William Shakespeare; Percy Bysshe Shelley; Leslie Marmon Silko;

    Cathy Song; Wallace Stevens; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Derek Walcott; Walt Whitman; Richard

    Wilbur; William Carlos Williams; William Wordsworth; William Butler Yeats


    Aeschylus; Edward Albee; Amiri Baraka; Samuel Beckett; Anton Chekhov; Caryl

    Churchill; William Congreve; Athol Fugard; Lorraine Hansberry; Lillian Hellman;

    David Henry Hwang; Henrik Ibsen; Ben Jonson; David Mamet; Arthur Miller;

    Molière; Marsha Norman; Sean O’Casey; Eugene O’Neill; Suzan-Lori Parks; Harold

    Pinter; Luigi Pirandello; William Shakespeare; George Bernard Shaw; Sam Shepard;

    Sophocles; Tom Stoppard; Luis Valdez; Oscar Wilde; Tennessee Williams; August


    Fiction (Novel and Short Story)

    Chinua Achebe; Sherman Alexie; Isabel Allende; Rudolfo Anaya; Margaret Atwood;

    Jane Austen; James Baldwin; Saul Bellow; Charlotte Brontë; Emily Brontë; Raymond

    Carver; Willa Cather; Sandra Cisneros; John Cheever; Kate Chopin; Paulo Coelho;

     Joseph Conrad; EdwidgeDanticat; Daniel Defoe; Anita Desai; Charles Dickens;

    Fyodor Dostoevsky; George Eliot; Ralph Ellison; Louise Erdrich; William Faulkner;

    Henry Fielding; F. Scott Fitzgerald; E. M. Forster; Thomas Hardy; Nathaniel Hawthorne;

    Ernest Hemingway; Zora Neale Hurston; Kazuo Ishiguro; Henry James; Ha Jin; Edward P.

    Jones; James Joyce; Maxine Hong Kingston; Joy Kogawa; JhumpaLahiri; Margaret

    Laurence; D. H. Lawrence; Chang-rae Lee; Bernard Malamud; Gabriel García

    Márquez; Cormac McCarthy; Ian McEwan; Herman Melville; Toni Morrison; Bharati

    Mukherjee; Vladimir Nabokov; Flannery O’Connor; OrhanPamuk; Katherine Anne

    Porter; Marilynne Robinson; Jonathan Swift; Mark Twain; John Updike; Alice Walker;

    Evelyn Waugh; Eudora Welty; Edith Wharton; John Edgar Wideman; Virginia Woolf;


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