For the assignment you will select a topic from the list provided in these guidelines, using the 2 reference sources listed. Effective papers will integrate the reference materials with the course materials contained in lectures and the Course Reader.
For the assignment, select 1 from the following subject and reference sources. Include in your essay a response to the following:
Plot summaries and excessively long quotes from the material are to be avoided; paraphrase and re-state in your own words.
Topics for paper (select 1)
1. Bastard Out of Carolina
Kraus, Carolyn. “Embracing Pariahdom: The Bastard Theme in Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina.” In Critical Essays on the Works of American Author Dorothy Allison. Charlotte Blouch and Laurie Vickroy, eds. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2004. 91-111.
Vickroy, Laurie. “Vengeance is Fleeting: Masculine Transgressions in Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina. In Critical Essays on the Works of American Author Dorothy Allison. Charlotte Blouch and Laurie Vickroy, eds. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2004. 55-70.
2. Love and Basketball
Grundy, Pamela and Susan Shackelford. “Black Women Embrace the Game.” In Grundy and Shackelford. Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women’s Basketball. NY: The New Press, 2005. 61-83; 270-272.
Bobo, Jacqueline. “Black Women’s Films: Genesis of a Tradition.” In Black Women Film and Video Artists. Jacqueline Bobo, ed. NY: Routledge, 1998. 3-19.
3. Patsy Mink and the Internment of Japanese Americans
Shaffer, Robert. “Opposition to Internment: Defending Japanese American Rights During World War II.” The Historian 61:3 (Spring 1999): 597-618.
Fujita-Rony, Thomas Y. “’Destructive Force’: Aiko-Herzig-Yoshinaga’s Gendered Labor in the Japanese American Redress Movement.” Frontiers-A Journal of Women’s Studies 24:1 (January 2003): 38-60.
4. Mean Spirit
Musher, Andrea. “Showdown at Sorrow Cave: Bat Medicine and the Spirit of Resistance in Mean Spirit.” Studies in American Indian Literature 6:3 (Fall 1994): 23-36.
Smith, Andrew. “Hearing Bats and Following Berdache: The Project of Survivance in Linda Hogan’s Mean Spirit.” Western American Literature 35:1 (Summer 2000): 174-191.
5. The Women of Brewster Place
Matus, Jill L. “Dream, Deferral and Closure in The Women of Brewster Place.” Black American Literature Forum 24:1 (Spring 1990): 49-64.
Fraser, Celeste. “Stealing Black Voices: The Myth of the Black Matriarchy and The Women of Brewster Place.” Critical Matrix: The Princeton Journal of Women, Gender & Culture 5:1 (Fall 1989): 65-88.
6. Desert of the Heart/Desert Hearts Breen, Margaret Soenser. “Narrative Inversion: The Biblical Heritage of The Well of Loneliness and Desert of the Heart.” Journal of Homosexuality 33:3/4 (1997): 187-206.
Morra, Linda. “ ‘Vexed by the crassness of commerce’: Jane Rule’s Struggle for Literary Integrity and Freedom of Expression.” Canadian Literature/Litterature canadienne: a quarterly of criticism and review 205 (Fall 2010): 86-92; 94-106; 200.
7. Eulogy for a Brown Angel Pearson, Carol. “Writing from the Outside In: Constructs of Memory and Chicanas as Private Eye in Three Detective Novels by Lucha Corpi.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory 4:1 (Fall 2002): 38-51.
Rickford, Donna M. “A Praxis of Parataxis: Epistemology and Dissonance in Lucha Corpi’s Detective Fiction.” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 5 (@005): 89-103.
8. Civil Brand
Islam-Zwart, Kayleen A. and Peter W. Vilk. “Female Adjustment to Incarceration as Influenced by Sexual Assault History.” Criminal Justice and Behavior 31:5 (October 2004): 521-541.
Deason, Lucinda M. “Incarcerated Women.” In Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia 2nd ed. Darlene Clark Hine et al., eds. NY: Oxford, 2005. 95-99.
Eulogy Of A Brown Angel
Length: 6 pages (1710 Words)
Eulogy of a Brown Angel
In the novel by Lucha Corpi, the author is trying to depict the life and struggles of young Mexican women living in the US. The article takes an in-depth analysis and accounts of various Chicano women who face discrimination and oppression from a society that has for long undermined their position as women and as equal citizens. The fictional novel, “Eulogy of the Brown Angel” is a representation the real life struggles and challenges that continues to face young American women of Mexican origin. Besides the life stories of these particular faction, the novel brings into perception the role of gender, race, and transnationalism in the struggle to succeed in the pursuit of the “American Dream”. The novel narrates of the life of a Mexican family living in Los Angeles, CA whereby their son (Michael David Cisneros) is killed in cold blood on the streets. A young Mexican woman alerts the authorities and the family as well. The novel, as narrated by Lucha Corpi showcases the struggles, threats and challenges the young lady “Gloria Damasco” in the pursuit for justice for the young boy’s family.
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