An Example of a more complex “They Say- I Say”- Using sources & Entering the Conversation “Proposal for Final Project: The Kite Runner: The Power of Sentiment in Turbulent Times” by (a master’s degree university student). Annotated Bibliography
Algoo-Baksh, Stella. “Ghosts of the Past.” Rev. of The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Canadian Literature Spring 2005: 143-144.
This review explains how Hosseini’s story “mirror[s] Afghanistan’s political, social and religious tensions and complexities.” The review also discusses how Hosseini believes that “storytelling must be privileged in the novel” and how the intent of the author is to “keep Afghanistan and its travails in the public’s consciousness.” It emphasizes that this is a novel about “personal salvation and the recognition of self,” which helps strengthen my argument about the novel’s striking similarities with Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Charlesworth, Hilary and Christine Chinkin. “Sex, Gender, and September 11.” The American Journal of International Law 96.3 (2002): 600-605.
This article briefly addresses how the U.S. media used gendered imagery and language to describe the situation in Afghanistan, specifically how Afghan women were the victims and the men (particularly the Taliban) were victimizers. The authors emphasize the danger behind this dichotomous view and analysis of the situation in Afghanistan. This is an important point to make in my paper because Hosseini’s representation of Afghan males and females is unique because it does not fall prey to the gendered stereotypes of Afghan women and men. Cline, Rob. “New Novel Impossible to Put Down.” Iowa City Press-Citizen 6 Jun. 2003: 5B. This is an excellent article because it both criticizes and praises Hosseini’s book. Cline argues that The Kite Runner “should be a disaster of a novel” because it is filled with “stock characters traversing a tired plot driven by well-worn themes, a not-so-surprising plot twist and several staggering...
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