Sonny’s Blues” (Oxford) or Anton Chekhov, “A Malefactor” (Dover)

For this final assignment, you’re asked to write an extended, thesis-driven essay on
one or more of our course’s texts. This essay should be anchored in scholarship, which
is to say that you’re expected to situate your argument to some degree within the
context of existing scholarly perspectives. Situating your argument will require
explaining how that argument converges with existing perspectives as well as how it
diverges. (For example, “Scholars, such as Scholar X and Scholar Y, have argued [fill in
the blank] about this short story. While they are right in asserting that the story [fill in the
blank], their arguments tend to overlook [fill in the blank]. My essay corrects this
oversight by [fill in the blank].”) You’re required to engage with no fewer than two
scholarly, peer-reviewed sources. Let me stress that it is not enough simply to mention
or cite the articles; you need to engage with them substantially—to have a conversation
with the other scholars. These sources may come from articles that you or your peers
discussed for the presentations, but they are not required to. Please use MLA
conventions for citation and formatting. Unsure about MLA conventions? Visit the
Purdue Owl website or consult a reputable handbook if you have one.