of The City University of New York


ENGLISH 66: "Literature and Human Behavior"

Fall, 2003


Instructions for the Research Paper:


The research paper is due on Monday, December 1, 2003


            You will read either Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi or The Bondwoman’s Narrative by Hannah Crafts. (You may choose to read and compare both for extra credit). You should then do research on the author and the history of the time as depicted in the novel.  An excellent resource for the history in Stones from the River is Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel Jonah Goldman. You should also consult other works by Ursula Hegi; she recently published a nonfiction book, Tearing the Silence about Germany and the Nazis.  You should be able to find these books in the public library or through CUNY Interlibrary Loan, if the KCC library does not have them.  You will also be able to find information on the Internet and on our web site.  You should do a search on Ursula Hegi, Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, etc.


            You will find reading questions for Stones from the River, Hitler’s Willing Executioners, and The Bondwoman’s Narrative  on our course web page at You should use these questions as a guide for your reading, your analysis of the book, and your research.


            Keep in mind that you are writing a research paper.  Therefore, you need to cite each of the sources that you use in preparing the term paper.  In using citations or references, you should try to paraphrase what the author says and then credit the author in a citation within the body of the paper. All sources used should be listed in the Works Cited section at the end of your paper.  You should use parenthetical citation format within the body of the text and cite references in MLA format.  You can find information on how to cite sources in MLA format on our course web page at


If you have any questions along the way, contact me by email at, by phone at (718) 368-5373, or come to see me in my office, C-219, on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday Period 1 (A hour).