Project #69817 - Comparing Poems/Movies/Short Stories about Partition in India

OVERVIEW: This paper offers you a great deal of flexibility in terms of topic.  You are to analyze a set of cultural forms that we have covered in the course, whether it is film, literature, or art, with respect to the main themes of the course.  You will have the freedom to analyze and compare the forms within the same medium, i.e. comparing the films we have watched or the short stories and poetry we have read, or across media, i.e. comparing a film with a short story, or paintings with films.

GOAL: To reflect upon how cultural forms such as art, cinema, and literature are important vehicles for learning about a particular society in a historically grounded and culturally sensitive fashion.


1)    You are required to think comparatively and here are your options:

a)     Compare within the same medium: compare the films Awara, Mother India, Deewar [at least two of the three]; compare some of the short stories or poems written about Partition; compare two or more paintings from the Indian Modernism exhibit

b)    Compare across media: compare film with painting; film with short stories or poems; short stories or poems with painting

2)    Your analysis needs to be informed by the readings for the class and the main questions being posed during lectures.

3)    This is a creative and analytical exercise,where you get to flex your critical muscles.  This is not a descriptive exercise – in other words, please no plot summaries or descriptions of the films or short stories – we have seen and read all of them.

4)    It is best to organize your paper along main themes or points that emerge from your analysis, rather than analyze each particular form sequentially.  For example if you choose to write your paper about all three films, then organize your paper along some key themes that you want to discuss and using examples from across the films, rather than discussing one film at a time.

Questions and Pointers [this is to help guide you in your analysis and approach; don't take these questions as the only ones that emerge or are relevant, and depending on what you choose to focus on, some of the questions may not be relevant]: 

1.     You need to analyze and examine the films, literature, or paintings as cultural and social documents.  In other words, what can we learn about India – whether it is in terms of history, social structures, social norms, cultural values, dominant ideologies, etc. – by examining such forms?  For example, what do these forms communicate about kinship, gender, or Partition?

2.     What norms or ideals are being constructed in the course of a film’s narrative? And how does this concur or differ from scholarly discussions of that particular subject?

3.     What can you learn from a painting, a film, or story that is different from more academic treatments of a subject?

4.     What are the techniques employed in a painting, film, or a work of fiction to help communicate its main theme or message?

5.     What sort of social commentary or critique are these forms engaging in?

6.     If you are interested in doing a cross-media comparison, pay attention to the unique properties of each form and what it is able to communicate and convey that the others cannot.

7.     Some of the issues that all of these works engage with: question of the nation and how “India” or “Indianness” is defined and inhabited; binary of “tradition’ and ‘modernity’; questions of social justice; notions of progress and development; impact of real and imaginary borders and boundaries; gender norms and ideals; [this is not an exhaustive list, but something to help spur your own thinking]

Criteria for Evaluation:  A good paper is one that makes a clear and focused argument.  Try to focus on one particular point and deal with it comprehensively rather than trying to analyze every aspect of whichever forms you’ve chosen.  These cultural forms are complex and multifaceted and so you will not be able to deal with everything in them.  Pick something that strikes you as interesting and that you can connect with the larger theoretical issues brought up in our readings and in class.

You will be evaluated on the following [but not limited to]:

  1. Your originality in terms of your thesis statement.
  2. Your analytical skills: your ability to think deeply about the material at hand, make connections to issues and materials presented in class, and see connections to issues/events/phenomena that are broader than the specific cultural form at hand.
  3. Your writing skills: how clearly and grammatically you have communicated your research and thoughts, including your ability to synthesize and present the information in an organized manner.  You cannot have a successful paper without a clear thesis statement and evidence.  Remember you need to have an introduction with a clear thesis statement, body paragraphs with evidence to support your thesis, and a conclusion that sums everything up once more. 

Components – you must include the following as well

  1. Works Cited: You need to have a works cited page which lists the bibliographic information in the following manner [way I have readings listed on the syllabus]

a.Author [last name, first name]

Year     Title of book, chapter, or article.  [Journal title – if applicable] City: Publisher [for books; if a journal article, then put volume, number, and pages]

b.With press materials – please put author’s name, magazine/newspaper/website name, date, and if applicable the URL.

Format: 2500-3000 words;  double spaced pages with 1 inch margins and no larger than 12 pt font.  You must include page numbers.  To cite a reading, please use parenthetical reference form: (Author year: page) or in other words – (Ganti 2000: 195).  If a page number is not required, just the author’s last name and year will do, i.e., (Dirks 2001).

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Due By (Pacific Time) 05/05/2015 11:30 pm
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