GENDER (MASCULINTY AND/OR FEMININITY) within literatures

Discuss the representation of __________ in any two of the texts that we have read. (You are welcome to incorporate references to additional texts as well, but your essay should focus on only two.) Your essay should offer a cohesive analysis of the representation of _________ in both individual texts, as well as a comparison between these respective representations. Be sure to support your argument with specific examples from your chosen texts.

(Fill in the blanks with one of the two topics listed below.)

NON-HUMAN ANIMALS AND/OR THE NATURAL WORLD
Within the context of the texts you have chosen to discuss . . . What is “nature”? What is an “animal”? What is the distinction between humans and animals? How should humans and animals relate to one another, and how should they not relate to one another? What is the distinction between human society and nature? How should human society and nature relate to one another, and how should they not relate to one another? Are nature and or animals represented “realistically,” or are they used as symbols or allegories – and if so, how and why?

GENDER (MASCULINTY AND/OR FEMININITY)
Within the context of the texts you have chosen to discuss . . . What is masculinity? What is femininity? Are there different ways of being masculine and/or different ways of being feminine? What happens when a man is “feminine” or a woman is “masculine”? Do masculinity and

–    Your essay does not need to address all of the questions listed underneath your chosen topic. These questions are only intended as prompts to help you start thinking about your essay.

–    This is an exercise in close reading and textual analysis, not a research project. Carefully re-reading the texts that you have chosen to discuss will help you succeed at this assignment; doing outside research will not.

–    The purpose of this essay is not for you to express your personal opinions about the topic you have chosen. You should focus on analyzing the way in which your topic is represented in the texts you have chosen to discuss.

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