Our remaining response papers may take several forms, but all boil down to a substantive engagement with one (or sometimes more) theoretical/critical arguments taken from the readings in the previous unit. The response should be roughly 1800 words/ 5 pages long, and follow the conventions of polished formal academic writing. This assignment sheet suggests three ways that you may take on a response paper assignment.
Theory Application (the classic!):
Must choose one of the readings from: Judith Butler’s “Imitation and Gender Insubordination”, Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner’s “Sex in Public”, Edward Said’s “Orientalism”, Chanda Talpade Mohanty’s “Women Workers and Capitalist Scripts”, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivjk’s “Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism”, Toni Morrison’s “Playing in the Dark”
Write an essay in which you deploy a specific idea from one of the readings from the unit in question to reveal a specific understand of an individual literary or cultural text. For models, you will find several essays in the latter part of each unit in the Literary Theory anthology that do this sort of thing, but for length concerns, you will want to keep your scope narrow—likely a single poem, a single scene or thematic element in a novel, a single song or music video, etc. Your essay should delineate the key ideas from the theory in question, before moving into a careful explication of how those ideas show us something specific about the primary text in question.
The text I am using is: Julie, Rivkin, and Michael, Ryan. Literary Theory. West Sussex, John Wiley &Sons, 2017.If you need the copies of the specific article, I can send it to you asap
Otherwise, an A grade of paper will meet these requirements: 1) make an argument –thesis –topic sentence 2) focused an theorists –quotes from theory –STICKING TO ASSIGNMENT (This is most important, but always students forgot to do)