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PAPER (5 PAGES DOUBLE-SPACED) DUE: April 28th, 2011 1. Carol B. Davies defines “politics of location” as “ positionality in society based on class, gender, sexuality, age, income. It is also about relationality and the ways in which one is able to access, mediate or reposition oneself, or pass into other spaces given certain circumstances.” How does the “politics of location”, as defined by Davies, affect two characters in one or two of the novels we read this semester? Use specific examples to show how she is either successful or unsuccessful in her attempts to reposition herself.

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2. Barbara Whitman defines “violence mythos” as a collection of beliefs that articulates attitudes in a society about violence. Compare and contrast the ways the violence mythos functions in two of the novels we read this semester. Essay Rubric A. Command of Topic

5 Essay addresses the assignment, demonstrating both familiarity with pertinent critical issues and independent thought. 4 Essay addresses the assignment, both topic and strategies.

3 Subject is clear—although essay misses some element of assigned topic and/or strategies.

2 Subject is generally clear but not in keeping with assigned topic and/or strategies.

1 Essay is not in keeping with assigned topic and/or strategies.

B. Argumentative Development

5 Essay shows especially careful development of related ideas in coherent, sequential paragraphs.

4 Essay shows careful development of related ideas in coherent, sequential paragraphs.

3 Sequence of ideas is traceable—although paragraphing and structure are faulty.

2 Essay relies on unrelated generalizations, vague argument, uncertain information.

1 Essay is not coherent, showing little development of or relationship among ideas.

C. Organization

5 Student has edited the essay, ensuring that sentences are forceful and clear and logical.

4 While the student has edited the essay, some tangential ideas, unassimilated quotations, needless...
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