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Trout Fishing in Tehran
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By Dunya Mikhail
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Verse Africa: The Malleable Poetics of Some Contemporary African Poets
By Matthew Shenoda
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Letter from Kosovo
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Ebi Yeibo’s Poetic Unfolding of Nigeria’s Postcolonial History
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When Bodies Speak
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Of Gatekeepers and Bedtime Stories: The Ongoing Struggle to Make Women’s Voices Heard
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The Scold’s Bridle
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The Local as the Global: Reflections on Teaching World Literature
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The Persistence of Books
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Fiction: A Transgressive Art
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Why Live? A Question for 21st Century Theatre
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Arab Literature: Politics and Nothing But?
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What are you supposed to write about in a world lit essay? I'm doing my essay on antigone but i'm not sure what i'm supposed to write..is it meant to be an argument or..? please help, our teacher hasn't explained anything to us..
Hi, found an example for you:
Generally you tend to choose a theme within the book that you can base a question on.
I believe mine was "How have the authors represented the struggle between freedom and imprisonment in ‘The Outsider’ and ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ ?"
You could however create a statement and say to what extent that statement is true.
It's not so much an argument as an analysis of an extract(s) of the book(s) with respect to your question. By this I mean you must pick one or more extracts and pick apart phrases within them, discussing the significance of the words the author has used and to what effect. Mention lots of literary features e.g. pathetic fallacy, irony, foreshadowing, personification etc. where relevant and correct. These are like buzzwords for whoever will be marking your paper, it shows you understand what literary features are, an important aspect of the course.
E.g. 'the author uses the weather to convey a sense of confinement because the sun is used to highlight the barbed wire and prison bars...' (that's just a quick example, you need to quote and be specific, don't ever be vague).
If you are struggling to come up with a question write down all of the central issues and themes within your book and see if that gives you some inspiration, for example, a common theme between the two books I studied was imprisonment and that's how I came up with my question.
I hope this helps and isn't too confusing
Please help me also. I need to write my World Lit on either " A Christmas Carol" or "Tamas".
I am not sure of what to write or how to go about the essay.
Please help me.!