Author Study Project
We have read a sample selection by both Flannery O’Connor and Edgar Allan Poe.

Your next step will be to choose one or the other to study in-depth. Consider these questions: Out of these two authors’ works, which did you enjoy the most? Which one challenged you the most?

You will read and analyze works by either O’Connor or Poe, evaluate literary criticisms, and immerse yourself in the author’s biographical information.

Minimum Reading Requirements:
1. At LEAST three works (two of which MUST be from the DiYanni text, but one can be from another source--library books and internet sites are probably your best bet!) Even though both authors wrote and published poetry, our focus will be exclusively on their short fiction. Also note: Since you have already read one of O'Connor's stories and one of Poe's stories, you really only need to select two more stories. (Total=3 stories, but you may choose to read more.)

Poe's Work from the DiYanni text:
  • The Black Cat, page 131
  • The Cask of Amontillado, page 138
  • The Fall of the House of Usher, page 143
  • The Purloined Letter, page 156

O'Connor's Work from the DiYanni text:
  • "Good Country People," page 181
  • "A Good Man is Hard to Find," page 195
  • "Everything That Rises Must Converge," page 205
  • "The Life You Save May Be Your Own," page 216

2. At LEAST three literary critiques (DiYanni provides some of these in chapter five too, but you will need to find additional criticism from other CREDIBLE sources.) Note: Criticism is NOT always negative; it just means the writer examines the text with a critical eye and presents his/her opinion about the work. (Total=3 essays, but you may choose to read more.)

Criticism of Poe's Work from the DiYanni text:
  • "On 'The Purloined Letter"' from Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe by Daniel Hoffman, page 171
  • "On 'The Black Cat' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart" from New Essays on Poe's Major Tales by Christopher Benfey, page 173
  • "On 'The Fall of the House of Usher'" from New Essays on Poe's Major Tales by Louise J. Kaplan, page 174
  • "On 'The Cask of Amontillado'" from New Essays on Poe's Major Tales by David S. Reynolds

Web Sources for Criticism of Poe's Work:

Criticism of O'Connor's Work from the DiYanni text:
  • "On 'A Good Man is Hard to Find'" from Flannery O'Connor: The Imagination of Extremity, by Frederick Asals, page 227
  • "On 'Good Country People'" from Flannery O'Connor: Voice of the Peacock, by Kathleen Feeley, page 228
  • "On 'Everything That Rises Must Converge'" from Flannery O'Connor, by Dorothy Tuck McFarland, page 229

Web Sources for Criticism of O'Connor's Work:

BONUS: LINK to critical article that mentions BOTH Poe AND O'Connor

3. At LEAST three CREDIBLE internet or library SOURCES about the O’Connor’s or Poe’s biographical information (TOTAL=3 websites, but you may choose to seek out more). YOU must deem them credible!

GRAND TOTAL: 3 stories, 3 essays, 3 websites = 9 items

Writing Requirements:
  • You will interact with other people who’ve chosen the same author via TodaysMeet (O'Connor Group OR Poe Group) during class, or designated times outside of class (which you will determine with other group mates).
  • You will write a LITERARY ANALYSIS for one of the three selections from the text.
  • You will also write a MIMESIS of the chosen author’s work.

FYI

LINKS

MLA


OWL Website (for an MLA refresher)


DIYANNI


Author Study Links


Overview


Literary Analysis Guidelines


Mimesis Guidelines