ENG 802: Analytical Reading and Writing
Instructor: Jaclyn Partyka
Assignment 1: Argument (4 pages; 4 sources)
Write an essay where you accurately summarize and evaluate W.E.B. Du Bois’ position on art and resistance. Du Bois makes a strong and persuasive argument about “double consciousness” and racial struggle in America. Do you agree that “art”—broadly defined—can be an antidote or a form of resistance against certain kinds of discrimination? Is DuBois’ position on art and resistance effective in a contemporary world where discrimination is still an issue?
To accomplish this task you must:
* Take a position on this issue by exploring at least TWO of our course texts, starting with Du Bois and leading through ONE of our other readings (Martin Luther King, Alice Walker, bell hooks, etc.). * You must include in your paper an acknowledgement and rebuttal of an opposing view or counter-argument. This section of your paper may be short (maybe just a paragraph!), but it is a vital aspect of your paper, so don’t forget to include it. The purpose of including this acknowledgement is to strengthen your own position. Of course, overall and eventually, you should show how your argument has more validity. So be sure that you clearly identify your counterpoint paragraph as an opposing point of view rather than a continuation of your argument. * You should define what you mean by “art” in order to construct a strong argument. You may use course texts as well as research to help you develop this definition as long as you document these sources carefully. [Note: Dictionary entries that are not the OED are probably not your best resource] * You must discuss at least ONE example in recent history or in contemporary society in which peoples not in a position of power were subjected to discrimination, violence, or unfairness by a dominant force or a people more empowered. Use this example to demonstrate your position on art as resistance. Consider questions...
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