Race and Space: The Midterm Question

Russell Banks, a contemporary novelist and critic, has observed that there are really only two great themes in American literature: Race and Space.

Is he right?

Read the attached essay question in pdf form, then start gathering material for an essay on the midterm.


Here are some handy online resources for the original words and pictures:

Huckleberry Finn: http://etext.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/Twa2Huc.html

The Great Gatsby:  http//:ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/f/fitzgerald/f_scott/gatsby/

The Country of the Pointed Firs: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/JewCoun.html

It’s a Wonderful Life:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_lR6HEdOb8&feature=related

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