ONLY IF YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK ‘Swamplandia’ by Karen Russell

Take a term or word from the list provided in class (attached), and find a passage appropriate to that term. It should be a passage not yet treated in class. Draw out the way in which that term or word informs the world of the novel, and what factors contribute to the terms usefulness. If you ended up with a term like “fantastic” “magic realism” or “realism” you are free to draw on the definitions provided in a book like A Glossary of Literary Terms by M.H. Abrams, but remember to cite whatever source you use. If it is a term like “kindness” or “memory” you can work with that word alone, looking for instances of it in the novel, and doing a close reading of the passage. A close reading of a passage of the novel should be at the root of and the basis of your argument.

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Terms to be Used in Short Critical Paper #3 (pick one and write about it for Wednesday’s Class in DISCUSSION BOARD).
1/ HISTORICAL (moments you take to be true history of Florida or U.S.)
Cite one and then comment on its impact on the book.

2/ MAGICAL (or supernatural) moments
Cite one and then comment on its impact on the book.

3/ REALISM (or moments rooted in reality: real world problems, psychological realism)
Cite one and then comment on its impact on the book.

4/ KINDNESS (cite instances of kindness)
Cite one and then comment on its impact on the book.
5/ CRUELTY (cite instances of cruelty)
Cite one and then comment on its impact on the book.

6/ FANTASTICAL (Barely Believable but possibly true) ELEMENTS IN A REAL WORLD SETTING
Cite one and then comment on its impact on the book.
7/ MEMORY (cite instances of remembered moments; flashbacks)
Cite one and then comment on its impact on the book.

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