Major Assignment--Essay 3:
Topics (choose 1):
1) One of the most complicated searches in any culture is the search for Identity. Select two of the three Reed poems: “Railroad Bill, A Conjure Man,” “Dualism,” and/or “The Ballad of Charlie James.” With consideration to our discussion of Cultural Studies Criticism (RR 479), write an essay that examines the ways in which identity is portrayed and critiqued.
2) Early in the class we read love poetry and discussed how poets can use the theme of love to discuss other critical ideas as well. With consideration to our discussion of Historical Criticism (RR 476), write an essay that examines Reed’s “Heidegger’s Paradox” and “Notes on Virginia.” Discuss what the author’s portrayal of lust is really describing and critiquing about the historical situations.
Length: at least 750 words not including the Works Cited page
Sources: Two primary sources and at least two secondary sources. The secondary sources should come from the library databases. No internet sources are allowed without permission from the instructor.
TH, NOV. 8TH - Bring 2-3 Outside Sources and a written Working Thesis to class.
T, NOV. 13TH - Bring the Body paragraphs of your essay with your sources.
TH, NOV. 15TH – Graded Rough Draft (Bring Hard Copy to Class)
T, NOV. 20TH - Assignment #3 Due on eLearn @ 11:59pm