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ENG 3334: United States Multi-Ethnic Literature

Annotated Bibliography Assignment

From Professor McFarlane Harris' assignment:

For this assignment, you will explore one of the four branches of Ethnic Literatures of the UnitedStates that we are studying this term: Indigenous/Native American, African American, Asian American, or Latinx literatures.

Here are the questions you are trying to answer:

Where and when did this subfield originate?
What features typify the history, genres, style, concerns, or themes of this literature?
How does this literature complicate, expand, or exploit what it means to be “American,” or what constitutes “American Literature” or “American Studies”?

Annotated Bibliography:

For this assignment your group will need to complete annotations for at least
8 different sources (2 sources per group member: 1 popular/journalism and 1 scholarly) that relate to your group’s assigned subfield. Each annotation should be about 4-5 sentences long.

Read the entire assignment and be sure to get any questions answered so that you can be confident about fulfilling the expectations and meeting the learning outcomes.

You should gather about two to three times as many sources as you are required to have so that you can choose what best fits. Don't satisfice!

Even though you will each contribute unique titles to the group bibliography, you will use sources that others find in developing your reflection.


"Satisfice is a combination of the words satisfy and suffice. Herb Simon (1957) coined the term to explain how individuals often settle for whatever can be accomplished within specific, predetermined criteria based on the context and situation of the need. In other words, individuals often settle for “good enough” instead of pursuing the optimal solution if convenience outweighs the benefit.  Connaway, L.S., & Faniel, I.M. (2014). Reordering Ranganathan: Shifting user behaviors, shifting priorities." - From the Carl S. Swisher Library at Bethune-Cookman University


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