Final Essay – Critical Reflection and Analysis Paper: You must write and submit one 2000 word critical research paper. Please print your essay double-spaced, without gaps between paragraphs, in 12 point font size in a common font style such as Times New Roman. This paper must argue a thesis (Links to an external site.), must incorporate secondary research and must be documented in the MLA Style (Links to an external site.) with a complete and correctly formatted Works Cited page.
Final Essay Prompt: The Holder of the World and American Society
We have explored in a earlier Discussion how literary scholar Pallavi Rastogi, in her essay "Telling Twice-Told Tales All Over Again: Literary and Historical Subversion in Bharati Mukherjee's The Holder of the World," claims that Bharati Mukherjee's The Holder of the World "searches
for a dialectic of intercultural negotiation through which mainstream
American society is dramatically altered as much as it alters its own
immigrant population" (269). This thesis sentence shows that
Rastogi believes in the equivalence of the "dialectic of intercultural
negotiation" in the novel. That is to say, Rastogi's thesis is that The Holder of the World argues that American society is as dramatically altered by immigrants as immigrants are altered by American society.
For your Final Essay, argue one side of the position that American society is as dramatically altered by immigrants as immigrants are altered by American society. Use Bharati Mukherjee's The Holder of the World as your main source of references. To flesh out your argument, add researched, cited, and referenced sources about the novel and about today's American society and culture.
Research, cited, and referenced examples means finding peer-reviewed
articles from CSUN library databases. You must select and cite at least TWO (2) peer-reviewed articles in your essay in addition to Rastogi's article and Mukherjee's novel.
GIVE YOURSELF LOTS OF TIME:
Reviewing and sifting through about a dozen peer-reviewed articles in a
database to find two sources that really fit takes a lot of time. Make
sure to give yourself a day to do that.
GIVE YOURSELF LOTS OF TIME: Your essay will be a LOT better if you write it more than once. Most of you are giving me your first draft. Take the extra few days to REWRITE YOUR WHOLE ESSAY at least once.
Please pay close attention to the Grading Rubric for this assignment and to the following additional criteria:
Ideas include a fully developed thesis paragraph ending with a complex and specific thesis sentence. Ten percent (10%) of your grade for this assignment will be reserved for a successful thesis paragraph and thesis sentence.
includes correct usage, spelling, and grammar, correctly formatted in
the MLA Style with a correct and complete Works Cited page. Pay
particular attention to your heading and title, placement of the list of
works cited, and the format and punctuation of in-text citations. Five percent (5%) of your grade for this assignment will be reserved for the practice of immaculate writing mechanics.
Rastogi, Pallavi. "Telling Twice-Told Tales All Over Again: Literary and Historical Subversion in Bharati Mukherjee's The Holder of the World." Form
and Transformation in Asian American Literature, edited by Zhou
Xiaojing and Samina Najmi, U of Washington P, 2005, pp. 268-284.