Literature & Humanity

  1. In
    this learning activity, you will write an essay that critically evaluates
    one of the major genres of literature and how it contributes to our
    understanding of humanity. Choose from fantasy, biography, romance, mystery, science fiction, autobiography, informational, or poetry.

Select one of those genres for a
critical essay on how the work represented in this genre helps us better
understand ourselves and each other. 

For example, one might select the
fairytale genre that would include works such as Snow White, Cinderella, and
Little Red Riding Hood.  You may wish to approach this from the
perspective of a child and what children learn from the
genre. Additionally, to provide contrast, you may also offer an adult’s
perspective on how lessons learned as a child from the fairytales translate
into adulthood. As you evaluate your genre, consider it from different
viewpoints to provide a thorough analysis. Be sure to provide a reference
listing of all sources used in your essay and follow the essay guidelines
below.

Essay Guidelines:

Your research should be documented by citing at least five
credible sources, such as a textbook, a newspaper, a biographic article, book,
or website. Wikipedia and any similar online reference sites where the content
may be authored by anyone are not considered credible sources for scholarly
writing.

Your essay should be 300–500 words in length, single spaced,
and in APA format.