Research topics (you may choose one of the following if you do not want to design your own topic)
1. Using outside sources, create an argument about how Morris’s notion of gender performativity is represented in a literary work of your choosing.
2. Create an argument that illustrates the extent to which transgender rights have evolved or have been satisfied. If they have not been satisfied, what work in the area of equal rights for people who identify as transgender remains?
3. Through analysis of the readings about evolution and in connection to your research, answer the following: Is there a gap between the popular understanding of evolution (as represented in pop culture) and the scientific understanding of evolution?
ASSIGNMENT #2: Develop an argument to analyze tension between two sources (3-4 pages, ~1,000 words).
ROUGH DRAFT DUE 10/26, 6 PM, by email.
Using one additional source, critique Dawkins’s assertion that the gene is “selfish.”
ROUGH DRAFT DUE 9/21, 6 PM, by email. ASSIGNMENT #1: Create and argue a thesis (3-4 pages, ~1,000 words).
ROUGH DRAFT DUE 9/21, 6 PM, by email.
Choose one gender reading from our syllabus and argue how the writer would respond to or interpret the statement: “Gender is biology” OR “Anatomy is destiny.”
DUE 9/11: Pre-draft assignment #1, Compare & Contrast (500-700 words)
Compare and contrast “Why I Must Come Out” and “Is Anatomy Destiny?”
As I said in class, this is a very broad task–the onus will be on you to figure out how you want to focus your essay. Please, even though it will be challenging in this limited space, include and arguable thesis.
Here are some suggestions for “focusing” your assignment:
- Choose a key term and interpret each person’s stance on/interpretation of the key term.
- Identify a common theme and compare/contrast each person’s presentation of that theme.
- Formulate a question (i.e. Is anatomy destiny?) and discuss how each author would respond.