Paper topics--Paper #3

English 205: Women's Autobiography and Bildungsromane
Fall 97

Remember, you can still write on any of the texts on which you have not yet written. Check the prior paper topics handouts/webpages for ideas.

As always, anchor your readings firmly in the text, make sure to answer the question "so what?", and give yourselves time to REVISE. If you choose to write an autobiographical essay, be sure you know why you're writing it.

1. Consider the phrases "there it is," "it is this," "it was enough," and "there she was" as they occur in Mrs. Dalloway (you needn't consider all of or only these, of course). What might the relationship between these phrases be?

2. Are there differences between men's talk and women's talk in Their Eyes Were Watching God?

3. What is the significance of the title Their Eyes Were Watching God?

4. Take a metaphor we've not discussed in detail in class -- or one we've discussed but in your mind not done justice to -- and trace its occurrence and significance in one of the fictional texts we've read. Possibilities might include the following:
Mrs. Dalloway: roses
Their Eyes Were Watching God: clothing
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit: fish/Fisher King

5. Take one of the short tales-within-the-story in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and do a close reading of it, tying it in to the larger context of the story.

6. Examine the significance of the Biblical parallels -- or lack of parallels -- in one chapter of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

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