Maymester! topics for paper 1

19 May

Paper 1                            hard copy due in class May 30

In 5 pages, answer one of the following.

  1. Discuss how Natsume Sōseki constructs the point of view of a cat in the opening sections of I Am a Cat to de-familiarize and critique humans and human culture, food included. (The opening sections = the excerpt in your reader.)


  1. Discuss how Tanizaki Jun’ichirō constructs an exotic image of China, Chineseness and Chinatowns in “The Gourmet Club,” and how it contrasts with the everyday reality of the narrator’s life the narrator and/or Count G.

Be sure to establish/summarize/argue what the criteria for evaluating are. Focus on the text itself; external research is not necessary.

Some technical notes:

1.     The length should not be more than 10% +/- the assigned length, including footnotes or endnotes; the works cited list is counted separately; similarly, the intro & conclusion should not be more than about half a page.

2.     The paper should have a title of its own that relates clearly or evocatively to your argument; a cover sheet is not necessary; pages should be numbered.

4.     The paper should be properly documented–that means that you put page numbers in the body of the paper when you are quoting, and you have a list of works cited. Example: The narrator of Tanizaki’s “The Gourmet Club” characterizes Count G by his “sharp wit, wild imagination,” and sturdy stomach (103). Note that you don’t have to include ALL of a line or passage in a quote–you can cut short, paraphrase or condense. If you’re broadly summarizing, page #s are not necessary. * For literature the method outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style is preferred ( (Endnote is also VERY good for this! If your major is not in the Humanities, the reference style you’re most likely to use comfortably is fine–as long as it is consistent.



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