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.

race-and-space-question.pdf

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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