Write a 1000-1250 word research paper on ONE of the following topics. Recommended readings are indicated in brackets, more can be found in the Index of Themes found in your text:
Write a 1000-1250 word research paper on ONE of the following topics. Recommended
readings are indicated in brackets, more can be found in the Index of Themes found in your
1. Themes of sexual politics/gender in a relevant reading. (No Name Woman, The
Company Of Wolves, The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World, Streetcorner
Man, Legless Joe versus Black Robe, Sonnyâ€™s Blues). Many of these works have
characters or situations that seem transgressive to the societies around them; how
does this affect the work in question?
2. Discuss portrayals of addiction/mental health issues in a relevant work (Legless Joe
versus Black Robe, No Name Woman, Sonnyâ€™s Blues, The Immaculate Conception
Photo Gallery, Homeless in Paradise) â€“ how are these issues presented in the work?
How does the author make use of our understandings of these issues to enhance the
3. Discuss the use of magic realism in any relevant reading (Legless Joe versus Black
Robe, The Handsomest Drowned Man In The World, In The Skin Of A Lion,
Streetcorner Man, The Company of Wolves, The Crow Procedure). In each of these
works, the authors have used hyper/super/un-natural elements and inserted them
into the mundane, everyday world â€“ what reasons do you think the authors had for
4. Aspects of marginalization in relevant readings. (No Name Woman, A Modest
Proposal, Pretty Like A White Boy, De Profundis, Streetcorner Man, Legless Joe, The
Company of Wolves, Sonnyâ€™s Blues); how is this marginalization presented by the
writer, and how is it affected by the social structures these stories are
5. Comparison of the use of storytelling and related elements in a relevant work (The
Company of Wolves, Streetcorner Man, No Name Woman, What Writing Is, Pretty
Like a White Boy, Me Talk Pretty One Day). Discuss the importance of spoken word
narrative (or the impression of it) in these stories.
6. The theme of reality versus illusion is one of the common threads tying many the
works covered in this course (ANY OF THE COURSE WORKS). Discuss how the writers
handle these themes in any relevant work.
NOTE: Ultimately, you are free to choose your own topic for the research essay in EAC 150, but
the above questions are provided as a guide.
I will allow other topics provided that they are cleared with me first. This can include works
we have not read in class, but that are present in the text, or other supplemental writings that
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