american lit after 1875 eng 2212 research proposal 500 750 words

Research Proposal-500-750 words


The purpose of the Research Proposal is to mold the preliminary ideas you have about your topic and to develop them in an academic manner. This development occurs as a direct result of your research on the subject. Therefore, this is your first formal step towards your final Research Paper.


In this 500-750-word, Research Proposal, you will develop the plan you will use to craft your final Research Paper for this course. If your Research Proposal is less than this word count, then it is likely you have not fully developed your proposal or adhered to the assignment appropriately, which can severely impact your grade for this assignment. Your Research Proposal will include the elements listed below.

Your Research Proposal should adhere to MLA conventions throughout. For a sample Research Proposal, see the OWL at Purdue. Pay close attention to the example provided to get an idea of how to write your Research Proposal.


The research topic (one paragraph) -Briefly outline the area and topic of your research. Which text did you pick and what is your tentative thesis?

The contribution you will make (one paragraph)- This is your chance to show how you have arrived at your position and recognized the need for your research, and what it is that makes it important.

The sources and resources you will use- (one paragraph) Provide the titles of three specific secondary sources. Also use this paragraph to provide a brief summary of the sources.

How the project will proceed (one paragraph)-Develop a timeline for your research paper.

Below you find a tentative reading list. Please be aware that this list is subject to change.

Tentative Reading List

Week 2

Lesson 1


Introduction (C1-22)

Whitman: “Song of Myself” (C23-65)

Lesson 2

Local Color Realism

Twain, “The Notorious Jumping Frog” (C115-19)

Chopin, ” The Awakening ” (C548-576)

Week 3

Lesson 3

Mainstream Realism

James, “Daisy Miller” (C410-50)

Lesson 4

Chopin, “The Story of an Hour” (C542-544)

Week 4

Lesson 5


Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Why I Wrote TYWP” (C842-57)

Crane, “The Open Boat” (C1048-63)

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