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ARLT101.Midterm.Takehome.Spring2009 - ARLT 101 TAKEHOME...

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ARLT 101 TAKEHOME MIDTERM Due March 13 by 4:00 p.m (Place in box outside of THH 402C) Description of assignment : Compose an anthology of ten quotations drawn from the materials assigned for the first six sections of this course (Parts I-VI). The anthology will consist of a preface, short commentaries on each quotation, and a conclusion. The anthology should be governed by a theme (or a set of two themes) that offer a way to unite together the diverse materials for this course. The best anthologies (those that will receive an A or A- grade) will be ones where the theme enables the student to inquire into the complexities of Los Angeles culture and literature and where both the structure and content manifest democratic thinking (i.e., the checking and balancing of representations and seeing an issue from multiple points of view). Texts for the assignment : Draw one quotation from each of the following texts or set of texts. Present the quotation and cite the text and page number of the quote (if the text has a page number). Then provide your critical analysis of the quotation. 1 from Smith, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 1 from McKeller, “Watts—Little Rome” 1 from the excerpts in “Perspectives on Los Angeles: The Images of a City” 1 from essays by Isherwood, Rodriguez, Bradbury, Coleman, Baca, George, Waldie, or Starr 1 from Half + Half 1 from Mosley, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned 1 from Schulberg, What Makes Sammy Run ? 1 from West, Day of the Locust 1 from a John Fante’s “One Play Oscar,” or Himes’ “Lunching at the Ritzmore,” or from the first chapter, “The Ride,” from Upton Sinclair’s Oil! 1 from any text of your own choosing (including music lyrics) on the syllabus (it can be from a text you’ve already used) Analysis of the texts : Write a commentary on each quotation that is between 3-5 sentences in length. The commentary should be more than a paraphrase of the passage: it should seek to illuminate the significance of the passage and connect the passage to other passages through comparisons and contrasts. The commentary should develop the theme or governing idea of the anthology as a whole. It is vital in these commentaries to explicate the passage first and foremost from the point of view of its author rather than to offer your personal opinion of it. Consider the commentary an act of empathic listening and of comparative or contextual analysis. Seek to understand the passage in its own context rather than just declaring its personal significance to you. Comment on the language and specific details of the passage and make both comparisons and contrasts to other texts in the anthology.
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