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HLI 354: American Culture

A guide to the Library's information resources in Professor Pennino's American Culture course.


This library course guide will

 introduce you to the Library's resources which may inform and support your research project in Professor Pennino's class.


Length: 13-15pages (using Time New Roman 12 point font, double spacing between lines, 1”margins). Titles pages and work cited pages do NOT count toward your total.


On the Road. Jack Kerouac

“Howl”. Allen Ginsburg

The Bluest Eye. Toni Morrison

The Bell Jar. Sylvia Plath

The Crying of Lot 49. Thomas Pynchon

Portnoy’s Complaint. Philip Roth

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Hunter S. Thompson

The Fire Next Time. James Baldwin

Dispatches. Michael Herr.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Tom Wolfe.

Paper Requirements

For this paper, you must have at minimum eight sources.

  • The work you choose counts as one source (primary source).
  • Three of your sources must be from JSTOR or Academic Search Premier, and they must be from peer-reviewed journals (no reviews). (Secondary Sources)
  • Of the remaining five sources, you may use interviews (such as with another professor here at Stevens), another work from the class, other works by the author you have chosen, criticism of the work, etc. (mixture of primary & secondary sources)

Literature Review: 50 points due on November 15th.

For this paper, you need to choose one of the major works we have read in class. You have a great deal of leeway in choosing your topic, but this work must be at the center of your paper. You can be a bit imaginative here, utilizing the perspective of another humanities discipline (philosophy, history, art, music, etc.). You need, however, to clear your topic with me.


Paper is Due December 4th.