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Postcolonial Literature Dr. Susan Alice Fischer ENGL 330.040 Medgar Evers College/CUNY Fall 2021 Email: [email protected] Essay 1: Read all instructions fully and carefully. This is very detailed to provide extensive guidance, resources, and policies as you work on your essay. I am also happy to discuss your work in progress with you. Possible Points: 20 points (= 20% of your final grade), total, for the entire project, inclusive of the Proposal and the Final Essay, with Self-Evaluation and Works Cited. A grade will be assigned only once the final version of the essay is uploaded to the appropriate link. Due Dates and Requirements for Proposal and Final Version of Essay Proposal: The proposal must be uploaded as one Word file to Blackboard by 11:59 pm on Thursday, September 23rd. Late proposals are not accepted once the grace period has ended and the link has expired at 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 26th. The proposal is a plan for the essay topic below and consists of the following elements:

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1. Correct MLA heading and original title for your essay; 2. Paragraph that introduces the primary texts and overall focus of your paper and that culminates in

a clear thesis addressing the topic below; 3. Paragraph explaining what elements of the primary sources (i.e., the novel, and, if you use it, the

poem) you will discuss to support your thesis; 4. Paragraph explaining the main ideas you will draw upon from the required secondary source (s)

(see below) to support your argument; 5. Provisional outline of paper as a whole; 6. Any questions you have about the assignment (optional); 7. Works Cited, including both primary and secondary sources, formatted in correct MLA style.

Note: The proposal is not a draft of the essay. Rather, it is to help you find a focus and argument, gather preliminary information, and organize your ideas as you work on the essay.

*** Final Version of Essay 1 and Self-Evaluation: The final version of the essay, and accompanying Works Cited and Self-Evaluation, must be uploaded as one Word file to Blackboard by 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 7th. The final essay consists of:

1. Essay, formatted in correct MLA style; 2. Works Cited, in correct MLA style; 3. Self-evaluation

Essay Topic and Instructions Below


TOPIC : Heritage and Identity in Andrea Levy’s Fruit of the Lemon (1999) Topic: Write a clearly organized essay – 5 to 6 pages – in which you analyze the theme of heritage and identity in Andrea Levy’s novel Fruit of the Lemon (1999). The main focus of your analysis should be on Faith’s experience in Britain and on her “return” to Jamaica as a way of claiming an identity for herself as a postcolonial subject in the African diaspora. You may use Heather Imani’s poem “Xaymaca” (2001) as a point of comparison, if you wish, but your main focus should be on Levy’s novel. Sources: Base your paper ONLY on your reading and interpretation of the primary text(s) – that is, the novel and, if you use it, the poem – and at least the first of the following two secondary sources, which you will find through the MEC/CUNY library databases; permalinks are provided. Do not use any other secondary sources without my prior permission. Okuroglu Ozun, Sule, and Canan Kuzgun. “Diasporic Subjectivity and Homing Desire in Fruit of the Lemon.” Neophilologus, vol. 102, no. 3, July 2018, pp. 301–315. https://cuny- me.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_ME/phueab/cdi_chadwyckhealey_abell_R05710446. Sampson-Choma, Tosha. “Performing Black British Male Identity in Andrea Levy’s Fruit of the Lemon.” CLA Journal, vol. 61, no. 1-2, College Language Association, 2017, pp. 84–94. Permalink: https://cuny- me.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_ME/phueab/cdi_proquest_journals_2134264220. Required Self-Evaluation to accompany final version of your essay: Along with the final essay (5 to 6 pages), you will include a Works Cited and a Self-Evaluation. The Self-Evaluation will be about a page and a half and address the following points: (1) how you used my feedback on your proposal to finalize your essay; (2) what you believe are the strengths of your final essay; (3) what areas you want to improve upon going forward.

Policies: Review carefully Late policy: No late proposals. If you do not submit a proposal, you are still responsible for submitting the final version of the essay on time. Late essays will be marked down by 10%; they will not be accepted once they are a week late. Please see syllabus for details. Submission: Submit both the proposal and final version via the relevant links under “Assignments” > “Essay 1” in Blackboard. No Emailed Assignments: Upload all work to the proper links. Do not email your work to me. Emailed work will not be accepted or graded. I will not upload your work for you. Google Docs: Technical Difficulties: Some students have had problems uploading a document saved in Google docs. Save the assignment as a Word document before attempting to upload it to Blackboard. Back Up Your Work: Technological malfunctions are no excuse for late or missing work. If your essays are late because of a technical problem, you will need to sort out the problem with the Blackboard Administrator or the Help Desk; your work will still be marked down or not accepted if past the finalhttps://cuny-me.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_ME/phueab/cdi_chadwyckhealey_abell_R05710446https://cuny-me.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_ME/phueab/cdi_chadwyckhealey_abell_R05710446https://cuny-me.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_ME/phueab/cdi_proquest_journals_2134264220https://cuny-me.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_ME/phueab/cdi_proquest_journals_2134264220


deadline when the link expires. For this reason, it is imperative that you not wait until the last minute to submit your work. Upload the Correct File: Give your work a filename that reflects the assignment to ensure that you upload the correct file. You will not be able to upload another file. Receipt of Submitted Essay: Blackboard allows you to save a receipt of submission. Please do so to verify that your work has been submitted. No Revisions after Final Version: As you are required to submit a proposal, you may not rewrite this assignment once you have handed in the final version. Primary and Secondary Sources: As noted above, you must use ONLY the primary texts – that is the Levy’s novel and, if you use it, Imani’s poem – AND at least the first of the two articles cited above. While you must use the first of the two secondary sources listed, you should focus on the novel. No other sources allowed for this paper. See my policy about unauthorized secondary sources in the syllabus. Citation and Academic Integrity: Cite all primary and secondary sources using MLA in-text form of citation. In addition to in-text citation, include a Works Cited page according to MLA format. NB: You must cite sources whether you take an idea and paraphrase it or whether you quote directly. Paraphrasing properly means keeping the idea, but changing the wording and organization completely and citing the source. Plagiarism, whether deliberate or accidental, has serious consequences. See the Syllabus for details. MLA Style: Your paper must be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman, and follow MLA style in all particulars. Use the Purdue OWL website to ensure that you are following MLA style correctly: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_for matting_and_style_guide.html General Guidelines for Writing a Strong Essay Introduction: A well-developed essay includes an introduction that leads the reader into your topic and presents a well-articulated thesis statement. The thesis is your interpretation of the texts in relation to the topic you are discussing. Your opening must ensure that your reader knows the authors, titles, and any necessary background information of the literary texts you are discussing. Audience: Write with the assumption that your reader may not be entirely familiar with your topic. Summarize briefly the elements of the texts with which the reader must be familiar to follow your discussion. As you develop your ideas, make sure you give enough background information so that your reader can follow your points. Your main focus, however, is not summary, but analysis – that is, your interpretation of the primary texts with relation to your argument. Development and Evidence: The body paragraphs are a full discussion of the main idea presented in your thesis. Each paragraph should thus discuss one aspect of your analysis and expand upon it fully. Use topic sentences and specific supporting details. In presenting evidence, quote and paraphrase from the text and explain the significance of the examples or passages you select for inclusion. That is, explain what they show and how they support your point. Start with your ideas and draw upon the secondary source to helphttps://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_formatting_and_style_guide.htmlhttps://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_formatting_and_style_guide.html


you make your points. Make sure that your ideas flow one to the other; use appropriate transitional phrases to enable your reader to move with ease through your text. Conclusion: In addition to restating the main idea, the conclusion should leave the reader with a strong lasting impression. Writing Resources MEC Virtual Writing Center: While I shall be reviewing your proposals, remember that the Writing Center is also available to you. Contact them well ahead of the deadline. Here is the link: https://www.mec.cuny.edu/academic-affairs/writing-center/ OWL Purdue: The OWL Purdue website is a very rich resource for everything from MLA style, to grammar, writing about literature, conducting research, and more. Here is the site map: https://owl.purdue.edu/site_map.htmlhttps://www.mec.cuny.edu/academic-affairs/writing-center/https://owl.purdue.edu/site_map.html

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