Slef Determination and struggle for Justice in Afrcan American Literature

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entails?tracing?a?literary?genealogy?of?Between?the?World?and?Me?i.e.,?writing?an?essay?that?argues?for?a
particular?set?of?formal?and?thematic?influences?on?Ta?Nehisi?Coates.?To?write?your?paper,?you?will?draw?on?our
shared?reading,?and?you?will?be?in?conversation?with?others?who?have?written?about?Between?the?World?and?Me.
Audience?and?Rhetorical?Situation:
The?actual,?real?audience?for?this?essay?is?me,?Kathryn?Warren,?your?professional?ssor.?I?am?grading?your?work
on?this?assignment?and?will?take?into?account?how?well?you?execute?the?requirements?listed?below.
The?implied/imagined?audience?for?your?paper?is?general?readers?of?a?mainstream?but?semi?scholarly?publication
such?as?The?New?York?Review?of?Books.?Your?readers?will?likely?be?familiar?with?Coates?and?may?be
conversant?in?the?language?of?critical?race?theory.
What?Should?You?Write?:?They?Say,?I?Say
Your?task?is?to?join?a?conversation?about?Between?the?World?and?Me,?adding?something?new?to?what?others?have
said.?Below?are?three?unique?takes?on?the?book.?Read?them?all.?You?must?engage?with?at?least?one?of?them?in
your?paper.
??Brit?Bennett,??Ta?Nehisi?Coates?and?a?Generation?Waking?Up,??The?New?Yorker,?15?July?2015
??David?Brooks,??Listening?to?Ta?Nehisi?Coates?While?White,??The?New?York?Times,?17?July?2015
??Darryl?Pinckney,??The?Anger?of?Ta?Nehisi?Coates,??The?New?York?Review?of?Books,?11?Feb.?2016.
What?do?you?have?to?contribute??You?are?a?literary?scholar;?you?have?your?knowledge?of?African?American
literature.?The?major?premise?of?this?assignment?is?that?no?work?of?literature,?no?matter?how?contemporary,?is
purely?presentist.?Every?feat?of?writing?arises?from?what?came?before.?Coates?s?memoir?is?made?possible,?you
could?say,?by?a?host?of?predecessors,?and?his?memoir?picks?up?threads?both?thematic?and?formal?that?one?can
trace?all?the?way?back?to?the?beginning?of?African?American?literature.?(He?isn?t?influenced?by?AfricanAmerican
writers?alone,?I?should?say.?But?that?s?what?our?focus?is?in?this?course.)
So,?in?this?essay,?you?will?be?tracing?the?book?s?literary?genealogy?in?order?to?engage?with?a?question,?a?criticism,
or?a?response?that?another?thinker?has?had?when?reading?Between?the?World?and?Me.?A?few?options?for?threads
you?could?trace?include:
??Religion/idealism?v.?materialism
??Autonomy,?both?bodily?and?spiritual
??Passive?resistance?v.?violent?or?active?uprising
??Prioritizing?among?economic,?social,?and?political?rights
??Feminism?and?gender?roles
??Role?of?white?allies?in?the?struggle?for?African?American?civil?rights
??Essentialism?v.?constructionism?with?respect?to?race
???Good?intentions?
??Individual?v.?systemic?racism
??Justice:?what?it?means,?how?to?get?it
??Role?of?education
You?must?make?an?argument.?Part?of?it?will?be?arguing?for?a?particular?set?of?formal?and?thematic?influences?on
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Coates,?but?don?t?stop?there:?your?paper?should?also?have?a?clear?position?on?the?importance?of?the?thread?you?re
tracing?to?Coates?s?book,?a?position?that?engages?with?one?of?the?people?who?s?written?about?Between?the?World
and?Me.
Minimum?Requirements
??The?essay?must?be?between?5?and?10?complete?pages?in?length,?double?spaced?(?10?points?if?this?condition?is
not?met).
??The?essay?must?include?quotations?from
o?Between?the?World?and?Me
o?your?main?interlocutor
o?at?least?three?texts?from?our?shared?reading
??You?must?analyze?the?quotations?you?include.
??You?must?make?an?argument.
??The?essay?must?engage?with?what?someone?else?has?said?when?writing?about?Between?the?World?and?Me.
??Your?tone,?diction,?and?style?should?be?appropriate?to?the?audience?and?genre.?This?isn?t?stuffy?academic
writing?you?re?doing,?but?it?isn?t?Facebook?level?informality,?either.?Take?your?cue?from?the?three?sources?above.
??No?Works?Cited?page?is?necessary,?but?please?include?page?numbers?for?your?in?text?citations,?like?this?(2).