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English 802 Spring 2010 Assignment _3

English 802 Spring 2010 Assignment _3 - Assignment 3...

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Assignment # 3: Synthesis (6-8 pp.) Overview:  This assignment requires you to synthesize material. You must make more detailed connections between  the readings and the research materials that you collect by providing more detailed commentary to explain  the value of the comparisons and/or contrasts you make between sources and ideas.  You should make the  sources and ideas “talk” to each other, as in a conversation, with each source contributing substantially  to the discussion. Stylistically, this paper should demonstrate your ability to refer to several different  sources within one paragraph or section of the paper.  In addition, you should avoid using long direct  quotations which must be presented in a block format. You should practice ways to integrate documented  material borrowed from your sources with your own analysis. For this paper, we will explore the idea that certain objects, usually commodities, become iconic. Icons differ from place to place: Coca Cola may be an American icon, but red wine is more important in France. And they change over time: today’s iPod is yesterday’s transistor radio. These objects reflect a culture’s values and also shape them. “Traditionally,” according to Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon, “a culture’s icons include those figures [which] have been mythologized into larger-than-life symbols that capture our imagination by embodying our deepest values and desires” (722). In Assignment #3, you will consider how objects or commodities can become cultural icons. You may expand the scope of your research to include non-
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