Ritical essay on media and representation
Critical essay comparing the portrayal of an Indian American family and culture in the novel, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, with the portrayal of an Indian family and culture in the film, Monsoon Wedding by Mira Nair. Your essay should focus on the limits and license of each genre in addressing the dynamics of family relationships and complexities of culture in each text. Consider the following questions in writing your essay. Are there some aspects of family relationships or some cultural practices that are better communicated by film and some better communicated through a novel? How does the meaning of these aspects and practices vary according the medium? What are the specific ways in which each medium compels us to use our imagination?
Word limit: 1000 words minimum to 1200 words maximum