Haracters Multiple Narrative Subjectivities on Conflicting Views of Postmodernism

Assessment Objectives

A· Demonstrate an ability to formulate a clear, concise, provable thesis

A· Demonstrate an ability to prove thesis using detailed textual reading

A· Demonstrate an ability to identify and analyze formal features of literary texts

A· Demonstrate an understanding of the links between formal features of literary texts and their themes

A· Demonstrate a familiarity with and ability to apply (as appropriate) theoretical reading frameworks and generic classifications

A· Demonstrate an ability to conduct and sustain focused comparisons between literary texts using an appropriate comparative essay structure

A· Demonstrate an ability to use MLA formatting and referencing conventions.

Assignment Brief

Your task is to write a thesis-driven comparative essay on two of the literary texts (including The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman) studied in this course, including at least one novel (Atonement by Ian MacEwan), in response to one of the following questions. You should show an ability to select and integrate quotations into your argument, and to conduct textual analysis that lapses into neither summary nor generalization. Comparisons between texts should be sustained and ongoing, attuned to both similarities and differences, and following an appropriate comparative essay structure. You should show an facility with MLA referencing and formatting conventions, and should take care to cite every secondary source used appropriately. You are permitted, though not required, to use secondary sources for this assignment; however, your primary argument should be your own and should not simply be a restatement of an argument you have found in a secondary source.

A number of the short stories and novels encountered in this course have employed multiple narrators, or multiple narrative a?subjectivities,a? to explore the coexistence of multiple (and often conflicting) worldviews (postmodernism), whether these differences are a function of age, culture, gender, class, or a combination of these factors. With reference to any two texts on the course syllabus (including at least one novel), identify how each work uses multiple narrators/represents multiple subjectivities (show this through the use of quotations, identify the larger worldview that each usage of multiple narrators/subjectivities expresses, and compare them by focusing on differences and similarities between the texts and the overall effectiveness of each.