- Analytical Prompt: Using two texts, describe what you believe are common characteristics of Modernism. For this argument, you may analyze how Modernism has evolved over a period of time OR you may provide a universal definition of Modernism that seems applicable across different authors and decades.
- Analytical Prompt: Literary texts (poems, novels, essays, etc.) are frequently used to give insight to the social, political, and historical conditions of the past. Select one text that you feel gives insight to its contemporary period. Then explain what the insight is and how the text successfully conveys it. Be sure to focus on an analysis of the text (not an analysis of history).
- Analytical Prompt: Literary texts (poems, novels, essays, etc.) help to shape the way people construct and perceive identities. Select one text and analyze how it represents a specific identity (e.g. the identity of men, women, lower classes, minority ethnic groups, etc.). What characteristics distinguish this identity and does the text ‘harm’ (denigrate or stereotype) or ‘help’ (promote understanding and sensitivity of) the identity?
- Analytical Prompt: Identify a secondary source that analyzes one of our course texts. Then, using your own reading of the course text, respond to the secondary source (agree, disagree, or both agree and disagree with further proof from the course text).
- Creative Prompt: Select an author or character that intrigues you. Then, pretend you are that author or character and respond to the question, “What is Modernism and why is it important?”. As you write, consider the writing style of the author/character as well as his/her vices, virtues, and/or motivations. Your response should demonstrate knowledge of the author/character as well as knowledge of a definition for “Modernism.” Therefore, the analytical portion (at least one page) of your response should explain why you wrote what you did (it should explain what parts of the primary text inspired your creative text and how you feel your creative text successfully imagines the author/character’s response to the question).
- Miscellaneous Prompt: You may create your own prompt. To do this, you must propose your idea to me at least one week in advance of the target deadline.
To complete this assignment, you will need to reference at least one appropriate secondary source.
- Appropriate secondary sources typically include but are not limited to recent print and online sources found through the library catalogue, library databases, and Google Scholar. Examples of sources include but are not limited to recent scholarly books and peer-reviewed journal articles. Inappropriate sources include but are not limited to common knowledge sources (such as dictionaries and encyclopaedias), amateur sources (such as freelance blogs and websites), and commercial or for-profit sources (such as tabloids and “.com” websites).
Your audience includes your classmates and instructor. This means you are writing for readers of varying disciplines and stages in their educational and professional careers. Altogether, you must consider them unfamiliar but academic readers. Therefore, do not assume they know everything you know about a particular subject and do not assume they will automatically favor your approach or be interested. Instead, you will need to convince your audience to care and to agree—provide background information, a clear thesis, evidence, and explanations. Also, use formal language, and avoid distracting grammar and spelling errors.