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Assessed Essays

First Assessed Essay Topics (2017-18)

Essays are due in Week 3 of Term 2. Late submissions will incur a penalty of 5 marks per day. Only the Director of Undergraduate Studies can approve extensions to the deadline.

For e-submission guidelines, see: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/modules/ug-esubmission. Note: Please consult the Department website and/or the Student Handbook for guidance on essay submission and citations. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/essay

Your essays should be 1.5 or double-spaced, with page numbers clearly marked. Please also make note of the Departmental regulations on Plagiarism. You are not required to do secondary research for this essay. For all bibliographic citations, primary and secondary, use the MLA Guidelines, a link to which is provided on the Department webpage for Undergraduate Studies. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/writingprog/academicwriting/english/

Please save an electronic copy of your essay until final results are announced. You might also want to save it for future reference, or if you intend to study beyond the B.A. degree.

Write a 2,500-word essay on any one of the following topics:

1. In the “Introduction” to her collection of short stories, Ford Madox Ford identified Jean Rhys’s national origin as the source of her peripheral vision of the imperial metropolis: “Coming from the Antilles, with a terrifying insight, and a terrific—an almost lurid!—passion for stating the case of the underdog, she has let her pen loose on the Left Banks of the Old World—on its gaols, its studios, its salons, its cafes, its criminals, its midinettes…”. Write an essay exploring the role that the Caribbean/West Indies play in shaping Anna Morgan’s perception and experience of the imperial metropolis of London in The Voyage in the Dark. You may draw upon your readings of Gilman or McClintock.

2. In his essay on “The Nation and its Women”, Partha Chatterjee argues that under colonial rule in India, the question of the “new woman” was formulated as a question of “coping with change”, especially the changes brought about by education and migration to cities. Write an essay analyzing how Tagore represents Bimala as a “new woman” in his novel The Home and the World. What characteristics does she embody of the “new woman”?

3. Write an essay on the representation of the idea of home and of affective labour in Jamaica Kincaid’s novel Lucy. You may draw upon your readings of Mohanty, Mies and/or Pun.

4. Explore the multiple meanings of speaking in “wild tongue(s)” in Gloria Anzaldua’s book Borderlands. Discuss the significance of language (writing, speaking) to transnational feminist theory and practice as iterated in Anzaldua’s text.

5. Compose a title of your choice, keeping in mind the structure of questions posed above. Remember to get the exact wording of the title approved by your seminar tutor.

Second Assessed Essay Topics

Essays are due in Week 3 of Term 3. Late submissions will incur a penalty of 5 marks per day. Only the Director of Undergraduate Studies can approve extensions to the deadline.

For e-submission guidelines, see: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/modules/ug-esubmission. Note: Please consult the Department website and/or the Student Handbook for guidance on essay submission and citations. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/essay

Your essays should be 1.5 or double-spaced, with page numbers clearly marked. Please also make note of the Departmental regulations on Plagiarism. You are not required to do secondary research for this essay. For all bibliographic citations, primary and secondary, use the MLA Guidelines, a link to which is provided on the Department webpage for Undergraduate Studies. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/writingprog/academicwriting/english/

Please save an electronic copy of your essay until final results are announced. You might also want to save it for future reference, or if you intend to study beyond the B.A. degree.

Write a 2,500-word essay on any one of the following topics, or complete the project according to guidelines given below:

1. Write an essay on the idea of the gendered subaltern as explored in Gayatri Spivak’s essay “Can the Subaltern Speak?”, with reference to any one of the literary texts you have read this term.

2. Discuss the ways in which the question of women’s body/ies becomes a site of transnational politics (both colonial and nationalist/postcolonial) in any one of texts you read this term.

3. Write an essay on the possibilities as well as limits for transnational feminism in the twenty-first century with reference to any two texts (literary or theoretical) of your choice that you read this term.

4. Using Joan Scott’s essay “Experience” as a theoretical frame, write an essay either conducting your own interviews of a subject or subjects whose life experiences may help you understand some aspect of transnational feminism as studied in this module, or write a memoir where you dwell on a specific “experience” and what that means to you in terms of notions such as feminist agency and feminist consciousness. In either case, there should be a 500-word commentary explaining your project and its aims.

5. Create a visual project (photography, video, installation, painting, sculpture, etc.) of your own that explores the gendered body as a contested space within transnational feminism. If you choose to do the latter, your project will have to be accompanied by a 1,000-word commentary.

6. Create a feminist historical narrative of your own, drawing upon a particular historical character or figure, or movement or collective. You could develop a website, or a palimpsestic journal, or any other mode of representing the transnational feminist project of engendering history. You will need to provide a 1,000 word critical commentary on your project.

7. Conduct a study of one or more transnational women’s organisations in the UK that someone like Nazneen may become part of, in order to connect with other immigrant women in solidarity. This may involve field visit/s, interviews, studying their publications and website, in addition to writing a critical commentary about your research. You will need to provide a 500-1000 word commentary on your project.

8. Create an annotated, illustrated syllabus for your own Transnational Feminism module running over 9-10 weeks. Provide as much detail as you can. You may want to look at online collective syllabi for Black Lives Matter or Standing Rock or other contemporary movements. You will need to provide a 500-1000 word commentary on your project.