Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Monahan - English 102 Spring 22: Home

Your assignment

English 102                                                                                                                                                          Dr. Monahan

Literary Research Paper

Your assignment is to do a research paper of approximately 4-8 pages on the American author, Langston Hughes.  Your paper should be research based. That means you must make references to articles written by others about the work of Langston Hughes. The paper should include the following:

  • An introduction of which briefly covers the life of the author and mentions some of his major themes. Make sure you cite information that is not your own.
  • A discussion of some of his major writings. In this discussion, mention what others who have written about Hughes say about his writings. Do not simply summarize the stories or poems. In your discussion, mention at least 3 of the ones listed below. You can certainly mention others, but you must include three or more of these:
    • “Salvation”
    • “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”
    • “Mother to Son”
    • “One Friday Morning”
    • “Harlem”
  • Finally, write a summary in which you talk about your conclusions about the work of this author. You can discuss anything that you feel is relevant, but you might talk about how his work relates to what is going on today. You can use the ideas of others in this part, but if you do, you must cite.
  • The paper should end with a list of works cited. You do not need to cite the readings by Hughes that you did since mostly they are from your textbook. But you must cite articles about him that you read. You need a total of 4 articles. Two of them must be the ones below. You can find them via the WCC library.

Domina, Lynn. "About Langston Hughes." The Harlem RenaissanceA Historical Exploration of Literature,

Greenwood, 2015, pp. 6-8. Historical Explorations of Literature. Gale


Watson, Renee. "Remember Langston Hughes’s Anger Alongside His Joy." Feb 01 2018. The New York Times.

Good luck. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you wish, I am glad to look at early drafts of your paper.


Profile Photo
Josh Weber

Office: Room 117 in the Library

Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence!

Westchester Community College provides accessible, high quality and affordable education to meet the needs of our diverse community. We are committed to student success, academic excellence, workforce development, economic development and lifelong learning.

Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook

75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
Tel: (914) 606-6600