Essay: argumentative essay on contemporary stories

Essay: argumentative essay on contemporary stories

Assignment: For this assignment you will need to write about one of three contemporary stories
that—in different ways—dramatize the relationship between East and West in an increasingly
interconnected world.
Your task is to write a thoughtful, carefully-argued paper in response to one of the following prompts.
1. Discuss the challenges Rifaat’s story “My World of the Unknown” poses for its audience.
What sorts of background information might Western readers need to make sense of the
story? Are there ways in which the story challenges Muslim attitudes about women,
sexuality, etc.?
2. Discuss Rushdie’s treatment of identity in “Chekov and Zulu.” In what ways are the main
characters torn between East and West? (Hint: You may find it useful to learn about the term
“hybridity” as it appears in post-colonial studies.) How do they resolve this conflict?
3. Can we read “TV People” as a story about Westernization? If so, what point does it make?
(Hint: you may want to think about the manner of the story, and not just its matter. Why do
people often call Murakami Kafkaesque?)
Length, Format, and Documentation:
➢ Your essay should be about 4-5 typed pages (about 1,000-1,300 words).
➢ Double-space, leave 1” margins, and use a readable font such as 11 or 12 pt. Times Roman.
➢ You must use at least 2 sources (other than the texts themselves) for this paper. Be sure to
use correct MLA format for documentation. Lest this seem an imposing requirement, keep in
mind that research on an author’s life or the characteristics of a different culture will satisfy
the research requirement (and help you better understand the story you’re writing about).
Please refrain from using things like Shmoop and SparkNotes.
➢ You must submit your paper as an attachment. Do not use the write assignment
window.
Grading: The rubric is available from the assignment link and reproduced below. I will also provide
written comments.
Weighting: This essay will count 25% of your term grade.
Due Date: See the syllabus or click on the assignment link in Blackboard.
Note:
• We will touch on “Chekov and Zulu” in Discussion Forum 13 and “My World of the Unknown”
and “TV People” in Discussion Forum 14. Consider the DFs as a way of trying out your ideas
on other people ☺.