Final Paper Options and Reading for 11/29

For your final paper, which is 5-7 pages, due Tuesday December 13, in class you have three options:

1)  Revise and extend one of your response papers. This will probably entail adding one or two more close readings of the same text you chose in order to discuss the relationship between your text and one or more of the big concepts we’ve been discussing this semester.

2) Write your paper about Nathanael West’s novella “The Day of the Locust.” This, again, will be a close reading of several passages from the novella. You will probably want to make an argument about Hollywood and the depression, but you’ll be able to understand this one more once you’ve read the novella and we’ve discussed it in class a bit. If you think you might be interested in this option, read a bit of the novella (or the whole thing) this week to see how you like it and whether you’d actually like to write about it.

3)  In Meridel Le Sueur’s pamphlet Worker Writers she calls for a new kind of writing, written about work, by and for workers. Using Worker Writers as a guide, write a 5-7 page story of your own work experiences; the work experiences of others (if you write about other people, you may want to do interviews); or a story meant to politicize workers or their children (along the lines of Battle in the Barnyard). This must be accompanied by a 1-2 page explanation of how your creative piece answers Le Sueur’s call for a “new literature.”

Your job sometime BEFORE TUESDAY  11/29 is to send me an email explaining which option you are choosing, and if you choose option 1, which text you will analyze and any preliminary ideas you have about your argument. This can be informal and should be 2-3 sentences. You are welcome to ask questions or present me with 2 options if you can’t decide.

Here, also, is the reading for Tuesday:

le sueur worker writers

Helen Kay, “Battle in the Barnyard” Part One

Helen Kay, “Battle in the Barnyard” Part Two

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