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Analysis Paper (5 pages):
For this essay you will use the “They Say, I Say” method to analyse literature. We will go over how to do this in class, but in the meantime you can learn more about this method by reading Chapter 15 (“On Closer Examination: Entering Conversations About Literature”) in They Say, I Say. You will also draw on the close reading skills you have worked on in class and for your Concept Paper to write this assignment. You will chose one of four topics for this essay, which are listed below.
One week before your essay is due you will bring a rough draft of your paper to your tutorial for a peer editing session. You will exchange drafts with a partner, prepare comments for your partner, and receive feedback on your own paper in turn. You will then use this feedback to edit and improve your essay. In order to receive a grade for your rough draft, you must submit both the rough draft and the peer editing sheet you receive from your partner with your final draft.
Although you may use (and properly cite!) secondary sources for this assignment, you are not required to do so.
For this section of ENGL 1003, you will choose one of the following four topics for your Analysis Essay:
• Write an essay that compares the points of view of the speakers of the poems “Unit of Measure” and “A Martian Sends a Postcard Home.” What are Beasley and Raine saying about the limits of human knowledge? How are the speakers/subjects of these poems similar and/or different, and why does this matter?
• Write an essay on the importance of food in Jhumpa Lahiri’s “When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine.” What ideas or concepts do you think Lahiri is addressing through her characters’ relationship with food in this story?
• Write and essay on the relationship – or intersections – between race and gender in Junot Díaz’s story “How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, of Halfie.” What do you think Díaz is saying about how these two identity categories shape and influence each other?
• Write an essay on how language shapes experience in either Lydia Davis’ “French Lesson I: Le Meurtre” or George Saunders’ “My Chivalric Fiasco.” In both of these stories, language itself plays an important role in how the story gets told. What do you think Davis or Saunders is saying about language and how it influences our experience of the world?
Analysis Paper (5 pages):
For this essay you will use the “They Say, I Say” method to analyse literature. We will go over how to do this in class, but in the meantime you can learn more about this method by reading Chapter 15 (“On Closer Examination: Entering Conversations About Literature”) in They Say, I Say.